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Banca del Gottardo supports Olympic hopeful Marie Polli

Lugano (ots) - Banca del Gottardo has signed a sponsoring contract with the race walker Marie Polli of the Lugano Athletic Club's (SAL Lugano) Competitive Walking and Walking division. Ms Polli recently qualified in her sport for next month's Olympic Games in Athens. Banca del Gottardo announces that it has signed a sponsoring contract with the Ticinese athlete Marie Polli. In the past few years, Ms Polli has distinguished herself at the national and international levels with outstanding results and has recently qualified for the Olympic Games in Athens. In the weeks to come, Ms Polli will be training intensely for what will be her first foray into the Olympics. The 24-year-old Polli has made amazing progress over the last five years in the 20 km race, achieving a personal record of 1h 35' 47" on top of setting the Swiss record for the 5'000m track (Montreux 02.06.01) and 10'000m track (Besançon F, 10.06.01) events in 2001 . Many times Swiss champion from 1997 to today in the 5'000m track, 10'000m track, and 20km road competitions, in recent years Polli has produced the best Swiss performance for various distances and has placed excellently in a number of European competitions. Marie Polli is not a professional walker and works part-time for Banca del Gottardo. Banca del Gottardo's support is on the one hand financial and material on the other is in the form of a paid leave designed to make Polli's training easier. Banca del Gottardo wishes Marie Polli great success and a future in sports crowned with many new victories. Banca del Gottardo is particularly sensitive to and active in promoting sport. It is an official partner of the National Youth Sports Centre, a division of the Swiss Office for Sport, Macolin, and supports various activities and events, in particular in the area of long-distance disciplines, that ideally combine technique and stamina. Banca del Gottardo, with head office in Lugano (Switzerland), operates through a well expanded national and international network. Thanks to its highly qualified teams of experts and its affiliates, subsidiaries, branches and representative offices in Zurich, Geneva, Lausanne, Bellinzona, Chiasso, Locarno, Bergamo, Milan, Turin, Athens, Luxembourg, Monaco, Paris, Vienna, Hong Kong, Nassau (Bahamas), the bank offers top level financial services to its local and international clientele. ots Originaltext: Banca del Gottardo Internet: www.newsaktuell.ch Contact: Banca del Gottardo Franco Rogantini Media Office Viale S. Franscini 8 6901 Lugano Tel. +41/91/808'33'60 Fax +41/91/923'94'33 E-Mail:franco.rogantini@gottardo.com Internet: www.gottardo.com

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