The Italians cause a quarrel in a final rival

The Italians cause a quarrel in a final rival

MWith its aggressive style, the Italian national team is pitting large parts of New Zealand against itself in the Copa America during Corona times. The aura of sailing as a “noble sport” has been damaged, and the reputation of Italian sponsors, the Prada fashion group and tire manufacturer Pirelli is affected.

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Christoph Heine

Christoph Heine

Business reporter for South Asia / Pacific based in Singapore.

While the New Zealanders want to postpone the boat races coming from competitors due to new Corona cases, among other things at a school in Auckland, the Italians have pushed by sailing without the presence of spectators. They have threatened to want to announce the series’ winner otherwise. This would give them the right to compete against the New Zealand team from March 6 for the oldest sports trophy in the world

“Our request to postpone the boat races because of the preventive measures against Corona did not fall on deaf ears,” Tina Simans, president of the Italian Federation of America’s Cup events, criticized strongly. Anger and disappointment with New Zealand guests mounted in Auckland that morning. Simmons said: “They are only interested in winning the Prada Cup with Luna Rossa, but not in the interest of our country, which has worked hard to host this event.” ACE is funded by New Zealand taxpayers, including the one managed by the defender of the Cup, Team New Zealand, who is in charge of hosting.

It continues on Saturday

The day before, the island nation, which the whole world would envy for its successful handling of the epidemic, recorded five new cases. By Wednesday evening, the government had imposed a “third phase” of precautionary measures, which canceled the races between the Italians and the British due to be held on Wednesday. After four successive victories, Italian Luna Rossa needs only three in nine races to finish the series as the winner.

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