ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti receives the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti has been presented with the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.
The order is the highest ranking honour of the Italian Republic and is awarded for "merit acquired by the nation" in the fields of literature, the arts, economy, public service, and social, philanthropic and humanitarian activities and for long and conspicuous service in civilian and military careers.
Ricci Bitti was given his award by His Excellency the Ambassador Pasquale Q. Terracciano at a presentation on Friday 27 September.
The order is divided into five honorary categories (Knight Grand Cross, Grand Officer [Grande Ufficiale], Commander, Officer and Knight) and Ricci Bitti was granted the honour of becoming a Grand Officer.