Balon Mundial, the tournament’s migrant, begins at Colletta

FOOTBALL | Saturday 11 july 2016

The most participated Europe’s tournament turns 10 years old and officially takes off this afternoon at the field of Colletta.

The most participated tournament in Europe achieves 10 years old and the first kick off will be given today, Saturday June 11th at 2pm, in Colletta synthetic field. The first teams to play will be Africa United and Poland, and matches will carry on till July 17th with the big final in Nebiolo field, the event has been postponed of one week, due to the same period of Ramadam.

Today the inauguration will be the right excuse to celebrate with music and singing. What is the news and curiosities about the 2016 edition? Tommaso Pozzato, ASD Balon Mundial chairman, describes the new adventure: “this year for the first time, due to the high requests, we introduced the qualifications. On Sunday June 5th, six applicant refugee teams have been faced each other in two triangular: IusSoli, VT45, UnitedarisingTeam, MoroTeam (made up of Coro Moro, the migrants coming from Lanzo’s valley singing in Piedmontese), Tornado, amisdeNicolas (migrants coming from aosta). Will be participate in the tournament new team: Gambia made up of migrants that have been arrived in the last two years, Guinea e mali to the second participation, Pakistan after two years of absence, with a total renovate team, will be for the first time a mix between migrants and students of Politecnico. In complete will be 38 men’s team and 11 girl’s team, 1000 athletes and more or less one hundred matches. For the time being there will not be cricket, that made a debut the last year, in default of teams that have been experienced about this sport.

Balon Mundial since 2017 things have got to change, the idea is to make it an annual project; we would get involved more others welcome’s projects and make sporting activity for last year not more restrict only the tournament. Throughout Balon Mundial there will be a specialize space to facilitate socialization that is Food Mundial. The food is a tool for dialogue, discussion and knowledge. Around fields of Colletta seven community of migrant takes turn and will manage the gastronomic area”.

Translated by Chiara Vivenzi





”Balon Mundial – Migrant communities world cup”, born in 2007, is a project that promotes the integration of the foreign citizens living in Turin and all over the region Piemonte through the sport activity. Balon Mundial consists in a football tournament, based on the ”World Cup” structure, divided in two sections: the one for male’s, 11-players teams and the other intended for female’s, 5-players teams. Other events, as live-played music or national food pavillons, are present during the day-line matches.

”Balon Mundial” has reached his 10th edition and still represents a unique space in the all country and also an occasion in which Turin meets the migrant’s sport and the different cultures of the communities partecipating. The past editions have been so succesfull that the increasing number of the team taking part in ”Balon Mundial” has gave birth to new relationship between the different communities (incluted the citizens one). In fact, the number of players and audicence has always increased since the first edition of ”Balon Mundial”.

Thanks to this raise of team’s, the 2016’s edition has had a qualify.phase in 4-5th June: it has been done to permit partecipating to all the teams. According to the rules, in fact, the final phase expects 32 male and 14 female teams.

As in the previous edition, there will be no costs to be paid to partecipate and sportive kits will be avaible for the teams (when it is possible). The aim is obviously the partecipation of communities that are too often disqualified from sport competition due to economical reasons.

”Balon Mundial – Migrant communities world cup” is the event that better represents ASD Balon Mundial ONLUS, its ideas and aimes of communication.

Transaled by Yuri Caridi


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