I am 63 years old and was born in Rome where still I live today. I am married to Rita and have two sons, Gianpaolo and Alessandro.
In my sporting career, I was crowned Italian Champion 20 times and national record holder on 22 occasions. I participated at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games and was a finalist twice at the Montreal 1976 Games. I won a bronze medal at the second edition of the FINA World Championships in Cali in 1975.
I studied and trained at Indiana University, USA, between 1973 and 1975.
In 2000 I was elected President of FIN, the Italian Swimming Federation, after having previously held the post of Vice President. I was first elected to the FIN Bureau in 1987.
I was Head of the FIN Delegation at five Olympic Games: Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.
I was responsible for the organisation of the two editions of the FINA World Championships held in Rome, in 1994 and 2009.
On the international scene, I was elected Vice President of COMEN - Confédération Méditerranéenne de Natation – in 2004.
In 2012, at the Congress held in Cascais, Portugal, I was elected President of LEN - Ligue Européenne de Natation. Prior to this, I served as a LEN Bureau Member between 2008 and 2012 and also as Deputy Chairman of the LEN Technical Swimming Committee.
I was elected FINA Honorary Secretary in 2009 and re-elected in 2013.
I served as a member of the Executive Board of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI). I was also honoured by CONI with the Gold Star for Sport Merit.
Under my presidency FIN, the Italian Swimming Federation, won 21 Olympic medals, 130 FINA World Championships medals, and 386 LEN European Championships medals becoming the leading sports Federation in Italy.
As President of FIN, I am also responsible for the "Life Saving" organisation in Italy, recognised by the State Authorities and by the International Life Saving Federation – ILS.
I was appointed as Councillor responsible for Sport and Tourism for the Province of Rome in 1999 and held this post until 2001.
I was elected in three successive legislatures as Senator of the Italian Republic, from 2001 till 2013, and held responsibilities in Sport, Education, Surveillance Authority of Public Broadcasting, Employment and Social Solidarity.
In my private activity, I manage and invest in businesses in the services and financial sectors and I am a recognised expert in the non-profit area.