Primo Nebiolo was a
great protagonist in sport promotion at all levels,
and he created a new concept of athletics through circuits
of meetings that were capable of attracting more and
more attention by the public, the media and important
His life was completely devoted to sport, in particular
to athletics: first as an athlete and then as the most
important and appreciated Italian Sport Manager in the
world. Thanks to his efforts, the queen of all sports,
athletics, came back again to its splendours. He also
imagined and realized spectacle athletics shows during
football matches. It was 1970 when, thanks to his own
initiative, during the break of the match Torino –
Lazio at the “Stadio Comunale” the 1000
m. were run. Franco Arese won the competition with the
time of 2’16”9: the new Italian record.
Primo Nebiolo was an eclectic man: he was an athlete
first, then entrepreneur and journalist for “Popolo
nuovo” – the newspaper of the “Democrazia
Cristiana” in Piemonte, always passionate about
his first love, sport.
Nebiolo started his managing career in 1948 when, only
25, he became President of CUS Torino. Thirty years
after, he had already been at the head of the highest
International Sport Institutions: in fact, after being
CUSI Honorary President, in 1961 he became president
of FISU. Thanks to his constant commitment in sport
promotion, Nebiolo was president of FIDAL (the Italian
athletics federation) from 1969 to 1989. In 1972 he
was admitted in the IAAF Council, and in 1981 he was
elected President of IAAF.
Nebiolo dedicated many of his efforts also to his beloved
city, Torino. Here he realized some important events,
starting from the first Universiade in 1959.
The last gift of this great sport manager to his City
was the organization, in the very heart of Torino, of
the World Cup of walk on October 12- 13 2002, in the
same streets where the 2000 participants of the 1970
Universiade had paraded long time before.