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World Championships 2003
Chiasso, Switzerland


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Photos by Michael Grasser. The games were played in the Maplensa Athletic Facility (which converts to run hockey, soccer, volleyball and basketball events).

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Here Grasser's team takes a few practice rolls with the Italian team before the start of their contest.

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Emiliano Benedetti rolls. According to Grasser, Benedetti is "the best Italian player and probably the best player in the world."

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Dismantling of court #1 to make room for more bleachers for the finals. These are multi-use athletic fields for basketball, hockey, volleyball, soccer, etc.

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Plexiglass safety barriers at the ends of the courts.

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Corner view showing swingboard and ball rack. (Looks like they might be selling ads on the side boards).

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Fabulous view of Lake Lugano from Hotel Serpiano where our USA athletes were housed - a 20-30 minute drive from the bocce complex. The host country (Switzerland) picks up the athletes' expenses during their stay.

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Our guys posing with the South African team.

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A view of the town piazza in the city of Lugano next to Lake Lugano.

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First place team in white (Italy) with third place team (Brazil).

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