After Modena dropped out of next season’s Italian Championship, Pesaro recently announced the same fate. The team, which is a three-time Italian Champion, and which finished its last regular season in 7th place, falling to Scandicci in the playoffs, recently published pleas for financial help in its website, hoping to attract investors to its cause. It didn’t work, and as a sad news to fans, the team’s top brass announced that it will not be able to continue with its activities:
“The company Robur Volley Pesaro communicates with great regret and immense pain that after analyzing its budget coverage, insufficient to participate in a dignified manner in the next A1 championship, due to the lost of sponsorship from MyCicero and lack of support from the city’s governement, the team informed Serie A that will not register for the 2018/19 season. In the coming days, a press release will be issued that will provide further information on the situation that led to the forced renunciation from the top league and will also explain how the company intends to continue its youth activity in the area.
We give out a sincere thanks to all the fans who, with little or a lot, always supported us economically, and also to those who this year had already said they were willing to do so. Our sincerest apologies to all the girls that every game, with enthusiasm and a lot of emotion, came to support our Waves, having fun with our players, having finally a reference of female sports to emulate and with which to dream.”
The news is disastrous for Italian volleyball and shows that not even the world’s strongest league is safe from the sport’s quase-amateur status. If a high achieving, traditional, three-time Italian champion cannot survive within the league’s system, how are newcomers expected to?
Modena’s Female Team Drops Out Of Next Season’s Italian Championship