Overcoming Adversity and Embracing Resilience


As many of you may have already heard from the news, the area designated for the WRTC2022 has been struck by a catastrophic flood.
This unfortunate event has resulted in the loss of 15 lives and significant damage to infrastructure and private properties. Thousands of people have been evacuated due to the impossibility of remaining in their homes or the potential risk of being swept away.
We are facing a volume of water equivalent to 560 million cubic meters (560,000,000,000 liters) that proved unstoppable.
The red zone on the map represents the most devastated area and, unfortunately, it is also the area where the WRTC organization had concentrated the sites for the team stations. The choice was made for logistical reasons, as the WRTC headquarters is located south of Bologna, which would have facilitated transportation management and more.
Currently, we do not know, nor do we have the possibility of knowing, how many of the sites will be usable or potentially made usable again.
Beyond the sorrow we feel for those affected by this tragedy, the WRTC2022 OC (Organizing Committee) is firmly committed to organizing the event.
Our strategy is to shift the focus to the areas north of Bologna. This entails an additional expenditure of energy and money to manage the event as planned. What the WRTC2022 OC asks of you is to trust us and NOT ABANDON the population of the Emilia Romagna region, whose hospitality, integrity, and human dignity will never be diminished by anything or anyone. To bring a smile to your face, we declare from now on that we are preparing to confront the arrival of locusts...

Some impressive images of devastation