Sport champions as lifestyle models? An interview with Valerio Bianchini, a living legend of basketball and one of the speakers at the next Sportmeet Convention. Valerio Bianchini has discovered and managed many a champion. He’s been working with basketball for over 40 years, has won three championships with three different teams, two European cups and one club intercontinental cup. He is the Italian national team’s former trainer and is deeply committed to studying sports and the world surrounding them.
Four conferences were recently held in four universities and high schools for physical education, through which Sportmeet had the chance to introduce its cultural proposals and sports projects in Argentina.
The Republic of Macedonia gained its independence in 1991, after the Yugoslavian federation came apart. It is a small Country (2,022,547 inhabitants, 467,257 of whom living in Skopje) with a rich cultural and spiritual legacy, and a meeting point for several nationalities, cultures and beliefs. The religious structure is closely related to the national one, made up of 7 ethnic groups. The most represented communities are orthodox Christians (Macedonians, Walachs, Serbs) and Muslims (Albanians, Turks, Bosnians, gypsies). The long period under the rule of Communism, characterized by great political and economic changes, brought about spiritual and material poverty. The unemployment rate amounts to 36.1%, and 29.6% of the population live below poverty threshold.
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