Lausanne, Switzerland, December 7, 2016 – Italian international Valentina Diouf has paid tribute to the three figures who have been nominated for the Gazzetta Sports Awards “Fair-Play Award.”
Diouf, who was born in Milan to a Senegalese father and Italian mother, won the award for her off-court work speaking out against racism in Italy and using her popularity as a volleyball player to talk on social issues.
This year the nominees for the award are mountaineer Tamara Lunger, the trail-running De Matteis twins Bernard and Martin and football coach Pippo Squatrito.
“For me, fair play is the very essence of competition,” Diouf said. “It is an aspect that cannot be separated from sport. From an early age I think that the boys and girls who start to play sport, should be taught exactly what fair play is.
That it is the appropriate behaviour, respecting the rules of the game, respecting of opponents and teammates and that it is something that should never be ignored.”
The Gazzetta Sports Awards are organised by Italy’s leading sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport and are one of the highlights of the end of year sports awards.
Beach volleyball silver medallists Daniele Lupo and Paolo Nicolai were nominated for team of the year award, volleyball superstar Ivan Zaytsev has been nominated for scoring 127 points as Italy won volleyball silver, while his coach Gianlorenzo Blengini is up for coach of the year.
Fans can vote in the Gazzetta Sports Awards by clicking here.