Vatican Launches Official Track Team; Priests & Nuns to Vie for Olympic Gold

January 10, 2019
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On Thursday, the Vatican launched an official track team with the aim of competing in international competitions. The AP reports that about 60 runners--including priests, nuns and a 62-year-old professor who works in a Vatican library--are the first accredited members of Vatican Athletics. “The dream that we have often had is to see the Holy See flag among the delegations at the opening of the Olympic Games,” said Monsignor Melchor Jose Sanchez de Toca y Alameda, team president and the head of the Vatican’s sports department in the culture ministry.

EN: We present Vatican Athletics, the Holy See's first sporting association. Employees of the Vatican Museums, priests, monsignors, pharmacists, and Swiss Guards (just to name a few) form a single team. Two honorary members include Buba Jallow of the Gambia and Amsou Visse of Senegal, young immigrants who survived the Mediterranean crossing. The official kickoff takes place on 20 January in Rome, for a Race dedicated to Miguel Sanchez, the Argentine runner and poet who disappeared during the dictatorship. We're rooting for Vatican Athletics. What about you? PT: Apresentamos Athletica Vaticana, a primeira associação esportiva da Santa Sé. Funcionários dos Museus Vaticanos, sacerdotes e monsenhores, farmacêuticos e guardas suíços (só para citar alguns) formam o time de atletas pontifícios. Há dois sócios honorários: Buba Jallow da Gâmbia e Amsou Cisse do Senegal, jovens imigrantes que sobreviveram à travessia do Mediterrâneo. A estreia oficial está prevista para o dia 20 de janeiro, em Roma, por ocasião da Corrida dedicada a Miguel Sanchez, corredor e poeta argentino desaparecido no período da ditadura. Nós torcemos pela Athletica Vaticana. E vocês?” ES: Les presentamos Athletica Vaticana, la primera asociación deportiva de la Santa Sede. Personal de los Museos Vaticanos, sacerdotes y monseñores, farmacéuticos y guardias suizos –por citar solo algunos- forman el equipo de corredores pontificios. Socios onorario, dos jóvenes migrantes que han sobrevivido a la travesía del Mediterráneo. La primera prueba oficial del equipo será el 20 de enero en Roma, en la Carrera de Miguel, dedicada al poeta y corredor argentino desaparecido Miguel Sánchez. IT: Vi presentiamo Athletica Vaticana, la prima associazione sportiva della Santa Sede. Personale dei Musei Vaticani, sacerdoti e monsignori, farmacisti e guardie svizzere (solo per citarne alcuni) formano il team dei corridori pontifici. Due i soci onorari: Buba Jallow del Gambia e Amsou Cisse del Senegal, giovani immigrati sopravvissuti all'attraversata del Mediterraneo. L'esordio ufficiale sarà il 20 gennaio, a Roma, in occasione della Corsa di Miguel. Noi tifiamo per Athletica Vaticana, e voi?

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