by Lorenzo Crispi
The future of Varese basketball runs through Australia. The city has officially met Ross Pelligra, the Sicilian-born businessman who heads up the Pelligra Group, based in the Australian state of Victoria. At Palazzo Estense, in front of a rich audience of institutions, businessmen and the press, he announced his commitment to the historic company Red and White, of which he will join its Board of Directors. No specific economic commitments have been announced, but it has been confirmed that Australian basketball’s investment in Varese will not be lost.
“We are working on the financial framework and business plan – said Pelligra – funding is not an issue because our group has the potential to strengthen the team: the resources will arrive.” He then made it clear that he was happy to have chosen a square with a past as prestigious as Varese in relation to the wedge. “It is an honor to be part of this community and we want basketball to grow in Varese.” To welcome Pelligra, accompanied by John Caniglia, president of Melbourne’s Italian Chamber of Commerce, were all levels (and colours, with bipartisanship) of city politics, starting with Mayor Davide Galimberti. “We are not here to make a show, but a broad vision project for Varese,” the mayor began. And in fact, not many details have been given about what could be the future of Masnago, not only for basketball but also for football, except that the commitment to the redevelopment of the Palazzetto will continue, for which the region has allocated €2 million.
“I went to the ministry to ask for the other two million missing to complete the project,” explained Marco Vittorelli, head of the Varese basketball team. And specifically for the region, on behalf of President Attilio Fontana, Chancellor Giacomo Cosentino intervened. “It is necessary – he said – cooperation between public bodies, investors and sports clubs that manage the facilities,” he said.
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