#70SportWays (56): Luigi Bigiarelli, father of S.S. Lazio
Even at Christmas, our #70SportWays do not stop. This day is dedicated to Luiigi Bigiarelli who was probably the first “European” Multisport athlete of history. Born in Rome in 1975, he participated as sharpshooter in the Battle of Adua and, after his return, he was inspired in his Multisport path by the Olympic Games 1896 in Athens, who embodies his idea of “sport for all”.
He practiced podism, but he also loved gymnastics and swimming. The 9th January 1900, in Piazza della Libertà in Rome, he founded Società Sportiva Lazio, choosing as colours the white and the skyblue, evoking the colours of the Greek flag, homecountry of the Olympic Games that inspired him.
Following his European spirit, he moved to Belgium with his brother Giacomo, winning also several Race Walk competitions in France (in Paris). He died in Brussels in 1908 and he his buried in the Ixelles cemetery, not far the European Institutions that are now partners of our European Multisport Club Association network. Another reason to say that actually all started with Luigi Bigiarelli.