Italian president Mattarella hands flags to Olympic flag-bearers Pellegrini and Caironi

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President Sergio Mattarella on Wednesday handed the Italian flag to Italy’s flag-bearers for the Rio Olympics and Paralympics, respectively swimmer Federica Pellegrini and sprinter Martina Caironi, at a ceremony at the presidential place featuring the two teams.

Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) President Giovanni Malagò told Mattarella “the athletes will do their utmost to honour the Azzurri colours” and said they “represent our country’s pride”.

Pellegrini said “I hope to realise even bigger dreams in Rio”.

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