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Italy's first museum of sport inaugurated in Turin

Ali's gloves, Maradona's shirt among memorabilia

Italy's first museum of sport inaugurated in Turin

Turin, November 12 - Boxing gloves once owned by Muhammad Ali are among the 300,000 pieces of memorabilia on display at Italy's first Museum of Sports in Turin. The museum, Italy's first permanent exhibition space dedicated to sports souvenirs, is housed in 800 square meters of exhibition space in Turin's Olympic Stadium. The backbone of the exhibition comes from the massive, private collection of sports memorabilia owned by Onorato Arisi. "I realized my dream, to create a home for these champions," said Arisi. Among the memorabilia exhibited are two sets of boxing gloves, one owned by Muhammad Ali and the other by Italian Roberto Cammarelle, an Olympic gold medallist in the 2008 games in Beijing. Also on display is the vest worn by Livio Berruti when he won a gold medal in the 200 meters at the 1960 Rome Olympics. Other treats for sports fans are a helmet that once belonged to late F1 legend Ayrton Senna, a tracksuit worn by MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli before his death in a crash last year, and one of Diego Maradona's Napoli shirts. Memorabilia from a total of 200 athletes - including 50 Olympic medals winners - are included in the exhibition.

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