The investiture ceremony was held in Milan on November 15th at Palazzo Giureconsulti.
Franco Ascani said: “For FICTS, sports culture has a moral strength and a great educational value that exalts the universality and the positive values of sport as a tool for social change.”
Franco Capelletti said: “It is for me and for my family, an honour to have received that prize and a pride for my city Brescia and my country Italy.“
IJF President, Marius Vizer said: “I would like to congratulate you on this well-deserved recognition. My thoughts and joy are with you celebrating your stellar achievement.“
Franco Capelletti is one of the most lauded names in Italian judo and shares a lifetime of judo experience.
The renowned 10th Dan retains a strong connection to the grassroots level of the sport as President of his highly-respected club, Judo Club Capelletti, which he formed in 2002.
The famed Italian has recruited and trained specialised teachers to the club including his son Fabio.
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