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Opturator: a book that fights against cancer January 08, 2014


Hemos leído y escuchado de nuevos fármacos, avances de la ciencia, nuevas terapias, pero nunca de un libro que luchara contra el cáncer. La fundación Cesare Scariolo presenta Opturator, un libro que demuestra que la sociedad civil ayuda en la batalla con esta enfermedad.
Estamos acostumbrados a todo tipo de informaciones sobre la lucha  contra el cáncer pero  la iniciativa de la Fundación Cesare Scariolo nos ha sorprendido. Opturator, parece el titulo de una película de ciencia ficción, sin embargo, se trata de un libro de fotografías con  una técnica fotográfica desarrollada por el fotógrafo Eduardo Soria que ha plasmado la imagen de personas solidarias.
Lo curioso de este libro y de estas fotografías, como decimos, de personas; es que carecen de índice, de nombres. Han sido personas que han creído que merece la pena colaborar con la Fundación Cesare Scariolo y de repente empiezas a reconocer a “gente famosa” pero a la vez anónima que hace aun más grande la idea de Opturator: la ayuda sin más.
Los fondos que se obtengan de la venta de este libro se destinaran  para la prestación de atención social y profesional en el sentido más amplio a niños enfermos de leucemia y linfoma y a sus familias.
Este libro de autor tiene unas dimensiones fuera de lo habitual  41 x 31 cm., impreso  magistralmente  por la malagueña Graficas Urania y editado por Luxury Army  está disponible para quien quiera colaborar.
Su precio es de 150 € y se puede adquirir a través de la página www.luxuryarmy.com y/o solicitándolo a la fundación Cesare Scariolo www.cesarescariolo.org


We have read and heard of new drugs, advances in science, new therapies, but never about a book that fights against cancer. The Fundación Cesare Scariolo presents  Opturator, a book that shows that civil society supports the battle against this disease.

We are used to all kinds of information about the fight against cancer but the initiative of the Fundación Cesare Scariolo has surprised us. Opturator seems the title of a science fiction movie. However, it is a picture book using a photographic technique developed by photographer Eduardo Soria, who has captured the images of people who care.

The curious thing about this book and these photographs of “people”, is that their names are missing. They are individuals who believed it was worth collaborating with the Fundación Cesare Scariolo. Suddenly one begins to recognise "famous people" but at the same time anonymous, while making Opturator’s concept even greater: selfless help.

The funds obtained from the sale of this book will contribute to the provision of social and professional attention to children suffering from leukaemia and lymphoma and their families.

This book, which has the unusual size of 41 x 31 cm., is masterfully printed by Graficas Urania and edited by Luxury Army, and it is available for those who want to collaborate.

It costs €150 and can be purchased through www.luxuryarmy.com and/or by requesting it to the Fundación Cesare Scariolo: 
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The start of the preseason August 26, 2013

The start of the season is always a special day for a player or a coach.
Some time ago you could count on all your players to start the preseason, allowed by the way the schedules of the various competitions were structured. The entire rosters had finished their commitments with the national teams and the market negotiations had already ended. All the six, seven, in some cases eight, weeks taking the teams to their first game of their national championships could be planned in a much more regular and consistent physical, mental, technical and tactical way.
Not anymore. Our case, for example, is perhaps not so obvious but will condition and influence what can and cannot be done during the preseason. Only 4 players of the 12 that will be part of the roster for the season are present at the beginning of the trainings.
We are missing six international players plus Hanga and Diop that are recovering from their lengthy injuries.
Preseason groups are today filled with good prospects from the junior teams and players without contract with whom a mutual "pact" is established: they help us to complete our group with a number of players big enough to train productively, while we help them to get fit and, why not, also to showcase themselves for the market. We even had past cases in which these players had left such a good impression that during the season, when injuries have occurred, they have ended up joining those same teams that they made the preseason with.
Many clubs are now dealing with these situations so probably it's not the best time to make general statements about goals, characteristics, etc., both about our team and the others. It's time instead to establish some rules and nurture some habits: getting the best from each training session, establishing punctuality, focus and discipline, knowing each other, beginning now to establish personal relationships inside and outside the court that can be maintained and strengthened throughout the year. And above all, this is the phase in which it is essential that the work on the players will develop with intelligence and intensity but also with care, because of the above mentioned characteristics of preseason today: with the groups composed by very few professionals with the physical structure and maturity of fully developed players the risk of injury is high and, of course, this is the last thing we want to see.
Ultimately we are driven by enthusiasm, excitement and desire to do well, getting ready for the best possible start.

The start of the season is always a special day for a player or a coach.

Some time ago you could count on all your players to start the preseason, allowed by the way the schedules of the various competitions were structured. The entire rosters had finished their commitments with the national teams and the market negotiations had already ended. All the six, seven, in some cases eight, weeks taking the teams to their first game of their national championships could be planned in a much more regular and consistent physical, mental, technical and tactical way.

Not anymore. Our case, for example, is perhaps not so obvious but will condition and influence what can and cannot be done during the preseason. Only 4 players of the 12 that will be part of the roster for the season are present at the beginning of the trainings. We are missing six international players plus Hanga and Diop that are recovering from their lengthy injuries.

Preseason groups are today filled with good prospects from the junior teams and players without contract with whom a mutual "pact" is established: they help us to complete our group with a number of players big enough to train productively, while we help them to get fit and, why not, also to showcase themselves for the market. We even had past cases in which these players had left such a good impression that during the season, when injuries have occurred, they have ended up joining those same teams that they made the preseason with.

Many clubs are now dealing with these situations so probably it's not the best time to make general statements about goals, characteristics, etc., both about our team and the others. It's time instead to establish some rules and nurture some habits: getting the best from each training session, establishing punctuality, focus and discipline, knowing each other, beginning now to establish personal relationships inside and outside the court that can be maintained and strengthened throughout the year. And above all, this is the phase in which it is essential that the work on the players will develop with intelligence and intensity but also with care, because of the above mentioned characteristics of preseason today: with the groups composed by very few professionals with the physical structure and maturity of fully developed players the risk of injury is high and, of course, this is the last thing we want to see.

Ultimately we are driven by enthusiasm, excitement and desire to do well, getting ready for the best possible start.
 
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Hello Sergio, I recently read somewhere about the refereeing scandal in Russia, which dates back a couple of years, and of your article denouncing that corrupted system. I remember your post on this site, but not much is known on how the situation developed... Thanks, Paolo
by Paolo Ralli

Hello Paolo, the scandal was initially sparked by a secret recording of a post game locker room conversation where the referees were told off by one of their commissioners for not having done enough to let a particular team win.
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