Nuns on the Run: New Vatican Athletics Team


The Vatican has launched an athletics team with the aim of competing internationally, including future Olympic games, as part of an agreement signed with the Italian Olympic Committee. About 60 Holy See runners including Swiss Guards, priests, nuns, and pharmacists are the first accredited members of Vatican Athletics. It is the part of the Holy See's long-standing promotion of sport as an instrument of dialogue, peace and solidarity.

"The dream that we have often had is to see the Holy See flag among the delegations at the opening of the Olympic Games," said the team president and the head of the Vatican's sports department in the culture ministry. Vatican Athletics' first official outing is on January 20 with a 10 km race in Rome honoring Miguel Sanchez, an Argentine distance runner, who disappeared during the country's so-called Dirty War.

January 15, 2019 - 4:08pm

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