Universiade: Controversy on village

Russo of Forza Italia against taking housing from students

(ANSA) - Naples, August 22 - New controversy has erupted over the plans for the athletes' village at the 2019 Universiade World University Games in Naples, where athlete housing will be distributed among two cruise ships in the city's port and university dormitories.
    The decision for the athletes' village, which was made on August 8 at a director's meeting, has raised concern among some, including Campania Deputy Governor Ermanno Russo of Forza Italia (FI).
    "It makes no sense to take housing away from university students who are studying at Campania universities in order to house Universiade athletes," Russo said.
    "It would mean creating two classes of students - A series and B series," he said.
    "The right to education must be ensured in a stable and efficient way to those who are most in difficulty but still wish to complete their studies. It can in no way be used as a bargaining chip to compensate for shortcomings in the organisation and coordination of activities that have, moreover, been planned for a long time and are now in fact coming due," he said.
    In the most recent plan for the athletes' village, 1,700 athletes will be housed at the University of Salerno's Fisciano campus, and 500 in the dormitories at the Federico II campus on Via Carlo Rossini in the town of Pozzuoli.
    Russo said there is also a protest among student organisations.
    "The protest of the student organisations is sacrosanct," he said.
    "The idea of a compensation for those who will have to leave their housing or of being housed in bed in breakfasts in the province of Naples would represent a huge hardship for university students, who would end up in a situation of organisational and logistical chaos, and in fact heavily penalised for their academic career," he said.
    "The idea that in order to renovate the dormitories, the students would have to leave, is also bizarre. The ability of those who manage the right to education in Campania is measured also and above all by the ability to access ordinary and extraordinary sources of financing, based on a well-defined plan, and certainly not due to participation in a transitory, one-time event, with the additional factor that this event will create a weak point in the subsidiary system of housing for Campania students," he said.