Following a surprising turn of events, historical italian volleyball club Tonno Callipo Vibo Valentia has announced its drastic decision to withdraw from all elite competitions in the Italian Serie A league.
The club’s president Filippo Callipo released today an official statement expressing regret while citing reasons for this unexpected move, an announcement that marks the end of an era for his esteemed club which had recently secured a spot in SuperLega.
The decision comes on the heels of a successful season for Tonno Callipo Vibo Valentia in the Italian A2 league, where they achieved a well-deserved promotion back to the top-tier SuperLega.
“Despite the significant sacrifices we have made and the substantial investments we have undertaken to manage the teams and upgrade the infrastructure in order to compete at the highest levels, it is with a heavy heart that we are forced to detach ourselves from a project in which we have always strongly believed,” said the President in his official statement.
Either way, Tonno Callipo Vibo Valentia had been an emblematic figure in Italian volleyball, representing the region of Calabria,
Southern Italy, with pride for as many as 30 years.
Over the course of their history, they spent 22 years competing in the elite league, showcasing their talent and dedication to the sport.
Despite the disappointment surrounding the withdrawal, the club remains optimistic about the future and will focus on young talents to promote the values of sportsmanship. Moreover, president Callipo emphasized their commitment to continue the ongoing project, highlighting their determination to overcome the challenges ahead.
The statement ended with an expression of gratitude to everyone who contributed to the club’s success over the years, including athletes, coaches, executives, supporters, and sponsors that were acknowledged as crucial members of the “Callipo family” who played an integral role in Tonno Callipo Vibo Valentia’s journey.