Who is Paola Egonu, the volleyball champion host for one evening at the Sanremo Festival

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Paola Egonu will be co-host of the third evening of the Sanremo festival. Amadeus has just announced it to Tg1: «a great volleyball champion, great Italian pride», said the artistic director, she will be on stage on the evening of Thursday 9 February. “A wonderful news that I couldn’t wait to announce to you,” she replied in a video posted on social media.

Sanremo, volleyball player Paola Egonu announces her participation in the Festival on social media

Who is Paola Egonu
Italian volleyball player, in the opposite role, is 24 years old. You were born in Cittadella, in the province of Padua, to parents of Nigerian nationality. He took his first steps in the local volleyball reality of Cittadella and in the 2013-14 season he joined the federal team of Club Italia, starting from the B series and climbing the series up to the A1 and then the national team: first in the Under-18 (2015 ) before moving on to the Italian senior national team. Her string of successes since then is hard to count.

With the national team she won the silver medal at the World Grand Prix in 2017, the silver medal at the world championship in 2018, a competition in which she was elected best opposite. A year later, at the European championship, she gets the bronze medal. In 2021 she was chosen as the standard bearer of the Olympic flag for the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games, she obtained the gold medal at the European championship, also winning the role of best player of the tournament there. In 2022 she won the gold medal at the Volleyball Nations League, being recognized as both best opponent and best player of the tournament, followed by bronze at the world championship.

In the 2019-20 vintage she played for Imoco Conegliano, winning three Italian Super Cups, the 2019 Club World Championship – winning the Best Player of the Tournament award in both cases – three Italian Cups, awarded as Mvp in the 2020 edition -21 and 2021-22, two championships and the 2020-21 Champions League, also in these last two competitions awarded as Mvp: in game 1 of the championship play-offs of the 2020-21 season he scored 47 points, improving his record, that already belonged to her, of points scored by a player in a single Serie A1 match. After three years in Veneto, for the 2022-23 season she moved for the first time outside of Italy, to Turkey, where she plays for VakıfBank Istanbul.

In 2021 he also received from President Mattarella the recognition of Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

Private life
Very popular on social media, she often shares the successes of her career, but is more reserved with regards to her private life. In 2018, however, she gave an interview to Corriere della Sera in which she announced her engagement to the Polish volleyball player Katarzyan Skorupa. Later the same year she will announce that she has linked up with the Polish volleyball player Michał Filip, declaringː “I like people, gender matters little”.

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After Italy’s exit in the semifinals of the last European volleyball championship, Egonu declared that he wanted to take a mental break from the national team after the criticisms and racist comments he had received on that occasion as well. “They ask me why I’m Italian”, she heard her say in a video on the sidelines of the last match, “I’m tired”.

Volleyball, Paola Egonu: “I received a lot of affection. I only said goodbye to Italy”

After that video in which she was secretly filmed, the Italian champion then toned down: «I don’t know yet if I will leave the national team. For now, I’m taking a break.”

The article is in Italian

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