Again this season, Alessandro Bovo (49) is getting ready to take over with Brescia — the team that participates in the Serie A1 water polo championship with the label “forever on the second place” stuck to them. In the constant battle with Pro Recco, Brescia is going for a new strategy.
Recently, we have seen the first Italian official event this year — the Italian’s Cup elimination rounds. Brescia didn’t participate since they already gotten their invitation to the Final Eight. Regarding the situation, Alessandro Bovo gave an interview to Valore Sportivo. See what he had to say!
Will Brescia be able to compete with the best?
If we look at Pro Recco’s forces in the pool, the answer is obvious. But I do have to point out that the game still consists of two teams with seven players each, one ball, and two goals. So, it’s tough to guess the outcome.
The experts said Brescia is the only potential competitor…
Compared to last year, Pietro Figlio’s and Valentino Gallo’s arrivals had raised the bar quite higher. Let’s just say that, compared to other participants in the top league, Brescia has the best potential. But it’s not the only one. For example, Origitia also gained importance. Other clubs, however, don’t look best at the moment.
We have to point out that the usual “monotonous” championship isn’t doing any good for water polo…
It’s wrong to say that the flaws of our sport only lie in these kinds of competition. There are many other reasons besides this one.
If you would get everything you need to make water polo better, what would be the first thing?
In other sports, there are two main concepts that often make difference: competition and communication. Our system must strive in creating a championship that attracts interest and, above all, must become more public. The priority is to establish the League that represents the publicity. Many sports have that, but water polo does not.
What would you say to those who say that, on television, water polo is not an enjoyable sport?
That is true. We play in a system that wasn’t made for water polo. We are adapting as time passes, but too often we play in pools with only a few lights around us, and usually at the places far from the media. In the international competitions, though, water polo is shown in all of its spectacularity. Particularly, I’m talking about the Olympic Games and European competitions.
Do you need more presence on television?
In today’s time, television is a big part of any sport. And the issue with water polo is that it’s only “fulfilling” its television duties. The recent Champions League Final Eight in Italy is a good example. Everything that was organized for the event was only due to the decisiveness of water polo enthusiasts. Their practical and technological knowledge made it happen. It was us who had to ensure the broadcast of the event.