Towards Paris, nothing to do for Vanessa Ferrari. Olympic joy in extremis for Chamizo


By John

It could have been the last Olympics of a career made of triumphs and many falls. But for Vanessa Ferrari Paris will not happen. The Italian gymnast, in fact, will not be at the start of the Italian expedition for the Games scheduled in the French capital due to a calf muscle injury suffered following a deadlift during the test in view of the Italian artistic championships, scheduled in Cuneo from 5 to 7 July, an event that would serve as a dress rehearsal in view of the Games. «My journey towards Paris 2024 ends here. I undertook it with the desire to fight to the end but also with the awareness that there could be this type of outcome, it’s part of the game. But even if I have had many injuries in my career, you never get used to it and the blow is always strong, especially after three years of training and one month from the final goal”, Ferrari’s words on his Instagram profile which accompany the video of the ‘injury. It would have been the fifth Olympics for the champion, who made her debut in 2008 in Beijing, the only minor on the Italian team, then moving on to London 2012, Rio de Janeiro 2016 and Tokyo 2020 where she won silver. And if bad luck won for the blue girl, fate instead reserved a happy ending for her Frank Chamizo. The International Wrestling Federation has in fact communicated that, following the reallocation of quotas for the Olympic Games in the 74 kg category after the non-admission to the Games of the Russian Zaurbek Sidakov and the Belarusian Magomedkhabib Kadzimahamedau, the Italian athlete was selected as the best in the ranking among those excluded from the European pre-Olympic in Baku last April, who will therefore be part of the Italian expedition to Paris. A story, that of Chamizo that had already caused scandal. The wrestler, in fact, had been defeated by the Azeri Bayramov due to a refereeing oversight in the very tournament that was worth the Olympic qualification, United World Wrestling had admitted the errors in the match underlining how there had been some actions not correctly evaluated by the referees but, despite this, had confirmed the final result sparking harsh controversy. Already a world and European champion, Chamizo was however fished out and will therefore compete for the third time in his career at the Games after the bronze won in Rio 2016 in the 65 kg and the fifth place in Tokyo 2020 in the 74 kg. Carrying on, he yes, his Olympic dream.