The 1055th meeting of the CONI National Committee was held at the Foro Italico this morning. The proceedings were opened by approving the minutes of the previous meeting of 22 November and following on from 2 December. In his statements, President Malagò emphasized the success of the Collari d’Oro awards ceremony, expressed satisfaction with the Italian sports results achieved in the last month and announced a meeting for the following day between CONI and the Minister of Sport, Luca Lotti, to review a number of legislative issues concerning the world of sport. Malagò then highlighted Coni Servizi's excellent results, congratulating President Franco Chimenti, MD Alberto Miglietta and all the directors for having increased revenues by EUR 10.5 million over four years (going from EUR 135.5 million in 2012 to 146 in 2016), in view of a steady reduction in the value of the CONI service contract which fell below the threshold of EUR 100 million for the first time in history (108.8 in 2012 and expected to be around 98.7 for 2016), with savings of EUR 10.1 million.
These savings, which are the result of careful management of resources, are used by CONI towards further funding for National Sports Federations and Associate Sports Disciplines: The Committee has awarded EUR 250,000 to the Italian Winter Sports Federation [FISI] and the Italian Ice Sports Federation [FISG] in special funding barely 400 days before the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics; and EUR 100,000 to the Italian Hockey and Skating Federation [FIHP] and EUR 250,000 to the Italian Federation of Judo, Karate and Martial Arts [FIJLKAM] to prepare for the new Olympic sports of skateboarding and karate. The President then announced that the sponsorship contract with FCA (Fiat Auto) will expire on 31 December, and as of 1 January CONI will commence a new partnership with Toyota, in accordance with international agreements concluded by the IOC. The eight-year contract will be presented in Rome on 19 January. The agreement between CONI, Coni Servizi and the Foro Italico University of Rome on the use of space and facilities for Coni Servizi and the University's institutional purposes was then approved. Finally, it was confirmed that the next National Committee meeting will be held in Genoa in the Salone di Rappresentanza on 17 January at 10:00. It will be the last meeting to be held outside of Rome before the Elective National Council on Thursday 11 May 2017 in Rome (the deadline for applications for all Committee positions is 14:00 on 20 April 2017). After addressing a long list of other organisational and administrative issues, and having taken the relevant resolutions, the Committee called an end to proceedings at 11:35.