Thursday, 02 June 2022


• At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, IEG President Lorenzo Cagnoni and Rimini´s Municipal Councillor for Sport, Moreno Maresi
• Special guests were champions Francesca Lollobrigida and Giulia Ghiretti and the Air Force Rhythmic Gymnastics team
• 20 pavilions with numerous new ideas and disciplines to try out and share

Rimini, 2nd June 2022 – The fitness population has found its home. The 16th edition of RiminiWellness opened today at Italian Exhibition Group´s Rimini Expo Centre in front of a large audience of operators and enthusiasts. The inauguration ceremony was attended by Lorenzo Cagnoni, President of IEG, Moreno Maresi, Rimini´s Municipal Councillor for Sport, Francesca Lollobrigida, world speed skating on ice champion and multiple medal winner at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, and Giulia Ghiretti, Paralympic swimming champion. With them, the Air Force Rhythmic Gymnastics team, which demonstrated its art with an exciting performance.

´From now until Sunday,´ President Cagnoni began, ´20 pavilions of our Expo Centre will be entirely dedicated to hosting the event, with 1,500 hours of training lessons and all the proposals that the companies have organised with great commitment after two years of restrictions. If I think back to what triggered the mechanism of such an event 16 years ago in this exhibition facility and in this territory, I see the typical characteristics of our Riviera, capable of accumulating a sense of responsibility and the courage to do business with the desire to live and let live. And today, I can say I am satisfied because, in this event, I can trace the elements of our collective personality.´

Councillor Maresi echoed the President´s thoughts: ´I believe that sport is not only competitive spirit or wellbeing; it is also veritable food for the soul, recognised universally at all latitudes. Seeing how RiminiWellness interprets this spirit and this value to their best advantage, is enormously satisfying. Restarting today, at this time, is extraordinarily important because we are introducing a summer that we hope will be extremely positive.´

Next to take the microphone was Francesca Lollobrigida: ´See so many people moved by a passion for sport is indescribable. As an athlete, fresh from my bubble experience at the Beijing Olympics, it is something that makes me both happy and proud. At the basis of everything, I see strong motivation, which is what helps us achieve the goals we set ourselves, as well as, and above all, great fun.´

Giulia Ghiretti spoke on the same lines: ´Sport has always been a fundamental part of my life. But more than that, are the sensations that sport can give you, like the wellness you feel after each daily training session, the team spirit and the bonds you create with your teammates. These are emotions that I have always pursued and that I have found again here.´
Elisa Blanchi, head of the Air Force Rhythmic Gymnastics team, concluded: ´After two years of pandemic in which events came to a standstill, it is very important for us to be back among the people and performing with the public. And it´s great to see all these people at the exhibition united by passion: that´s the best feeling.´

Numerous VIPs and famous sports personalities were touring the halls. Today was the turn of the king of the rings, Juri Chechi, applauded both from the stage and by the many fans. Tomorrow afternoon, in the Media One area (South Hall), Italy´s leading out-of-home advertising and digital out-of-home agency, two authentic celebrities from Italian TV and cinema are expected to appear: Gabriel Garko and Vittoria Belvedere.

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Dates: 2-5 June 2022; event: international trade show; organizer: Italian Exhibition Group S.p.A.; frequency: annual; edition: 16th; entry: public and trade; info: #RW22 #RiminiWellness #IEGexpo #MovingForward

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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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