Thursday, 01 June 2023


• Until 4th June at IEG´S Expo Centre, the new format of Europe´s leading event for fitness, wellness and sport
• Today, the first edition of the States General of Fitness and Wellness
• At the opening ceremony, the Breakdance team that will take part in the 2024 Olympics, world high jump champion Gilberto Gibilisco, and Marcelo Capitani, Italy´s number one Padel player

Rimini (Italy), 1st June 2023 – Proper well-being requires experimentation. In a word, RiminiWellness. Italian Exhibition Group´s international event dedicated to fitness, sport and wellness opened today at the Rimini Expo Centre and on the Riviera for its 17th edition (which will run until 4th June) under the banner of ´The Wellness Experience Show´.

At the start of the day, and for the first time ever, the States General of Fitness and Wellness were held, which further allowed RiminiWellness to assert its role as an authentic and indispensable point of reference for today´s debate.
After welcome addresses from Italian Exhibition Group CEO, Corrado Peraboni, and the Mayor of Rimini, Jamil Sadegholvaad, the following speakers took turns on stage: Andrea Ermolao, Secretary General of Exercise is Medicine Italy; Emiliano Briante, Head of the ´Sport Value Observatory´, The European House - Ambrosetti; Raffaele Donini, Coordinator of the Health Commission, Conference of the Regions and Autonomous Provinces; Nerio Alessandri, President of the Wellness Foundation; Debora Miccio, Sales and Marketing Director at ICS, Istituto per il Credito Sportivo; Vito Cozzoli, President of Sport e Salute spa; Francesco Bardelli, BU Manager for ´Health&Welfare´ at Generali; Roberto Ronchi, Chief Executive Officer, Anytime Fitness; Andreas Paulsen, Secretary General of EuropeActive; and Marco Osnato, President of VI Finance Commission, Chamber of Deputies. The morning´s institutional contribution was followed by the first edition of the States General of Fitness and Wellness with ´professional´ sessions that allowed for a further broadening of the debate. Events that enlivened the afternoon included the ´Sport Plus - Wellness Observatory´ meeting promoted by ASI, CIWAS and Sport e Salute in collaboration with IFO, which gave a preview presentation at RiminiWellness of the results of the sector´s most important market research.

The States General event was followed by the official opening of RiminiWellness. Corrado Peraboni, CEO of Italian Exhibition Group, recalled the exceptional work that IEG and the municipal administration share. ´For four days, RiminiWellness transforms the Expo Centre and the city of Rimini into the largest open-air gym in the world. A definition that takes a precise snapshot of the effort and attention paid to an event held anew year after year and which has now returned to its full splendour.´
Roberta Frisoni, Rimini´s Councillor for Mobility commented: ´RiminiWellness is a crucial and symbolic event for the city that opens the summer season. It is a source of pride for the territory, which this year makes us doubly happy because it demonstrates the ability and determination to restart just a few days after the recent tragedy that struck Romagna. This is the land where we enjoy being together and in company, and with IEG, we are working in the direction of showing the world that the idea of wellness is at home here.´
Lorenzo Angeloni, Director General for the Promotion of the Country System at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, explained: ´For some years now, we have been aware of how sport and sporting activities can be a driving force in the promotion of our country, not only due to the great results that our athletes achieve, but also as a further lever to draw attention to Italy. Every time I attend an exhibition event, I feel a sense of pride because I see how public support and the dynamism of Italian business is a winning combination.´

The ceremony was also attended by Matteo Migliano, Deputy Vice President of FIDS-Italian Sports Dance Federation, who introduced a performance by the youngsters in the Breakdance Team that will take part in the 2024 Olympics; Gilberto Gibilisco, world high jump champion in 2003 and now Legend and Ambassador of Sport e Salute; and Marcelo Capitani, Italy´s number one Padel player.
Migliano gave a brief summary: ´Break Dance has become an Olympic discipline for the first time. It is an important milestone for us and the Federation, of which we are extremely proud. The guys who performed today at RiminiWellness are part of the Academy in Padua and are the young talents of our tomorrow.´
Gibilisco continued: ´For me, sport is a reason for living and I am here today to promote a healthy lifestyle. We must look to the future of our young people and our primary task is to transmit a healthy lifestyle to them.´
Capitani concluded: ´Discipline, fair play, determination, perseverance. These are the universal values that are part of the DNA of every athlete and that we must pass on to today´s youngsters as they approach a sporting discipline.´

Over these four days of the show, more than 1,500 hours of training and 200 sectorial appointments have been scheduled, with all 28 halls (the entire exhibition centre) and 170,000 square metres occupied between indoor and outdoor areas. For the business world, delegations from over 70 countries are expected to meet the 300 exhibiting brands for a unique networking, training and updating opportunity for every professional and operator involved in sport and wellness on the move.

For the general public of athletes and enthusiasts, the Active area will feature numerous live sessions of Zumba®, Strong Nation and Zumba Gold® masterclasses, the holistic disciplines with Pilates Junction and Yoga On Stage, where top trainers will give lessons for their respective communities, and talks in the Body and Mind Arena. Adrenaline and high intensity with Italian Showdown, the largest sports competition in Europe recognised and accredited by CrossFit®. RiminiSteel, the heavy part of RiminiWellness, will also be back, while the absolute debut in Italy of HYROX, the new sports discipline that is revolutionising the fitness world, is highly anticipated. Also featured will be the vertical focus on motor rehabilitation at Riabilitec, healthy eating with the eighth edition of FoodWell Expo - the area with the latest market innovations and secrets for healthy, protein-based and functional nutrition, the debut of the Cotto al Dente community led by Davide Campagna, and meetings with doctors and nutrition specialists.

Dates: 1-4 June 2023; event: international trade show; organization: Italian Exhibition Group S.p.A.; frequency: annual; edition: 17th; entry: public and trade; info:

Italian Exhibition Group S.p.A., a joint stock company listed on Euronext Milan, a regulated market organised and managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A., has, with its facilities in Rimini and Vicenza, achieved national leadership over the years in the organisation of trade shows and conferences. The development of activities abroad - also through joint-ventures with global or local organisers, in the United States, United Arab Emirates, China, Mexico, Brazil and India, for example – now sees the company positioned among the top European operators in the sector.

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