Enel's Brindisi Basket owes him so much. It is thanks to him that the team was able to return to Serie A. A giant of two meters in height, called 'The Gladiator' for his strong character, has been in the blood since 13 years the dream of playing basketball.
Something unusual for an Albanian boy born in Shkodër in the 1985, which from the TV view, perhaps secretly, at home will have learned more about Roberto Baggio's 'divin codino' than the high jumpers of American-famous basketball players.
Just because basketball, in those years, was little appreciated even in Italy.
The arrival in our country in the 1998 opens up a new world for him. Landed in Brindisi through one of the many journeys of hope, Klaudio Ndoja touches the mainland with that dream in the drawer and the basketball under his arm.
And it is precisely in the city of Brindisi that it is set Klod, this cinematographic project loosely based on the book Death is certain, life is not. The story of Klaudio Ndoja written by Michele Pettene, freelance journalist, and published in the 2015 by Imprimatur publishing house.
Filming for the film will take place today, 11 November, at PalaPentassuglia, from 15.00 to 20.00.
The short film, produced by the Apulia Film Commission together with the Mediterranean Cinematographic, directed by Marco Albano, shows Klaudio's life on the screen in the light of the experience of traveling as an emigrant, a process that will guide him towards the progressive maturing of a man who realizes that escape has changed life not only for him but for his entire family.
The initial frustration at having been forced to leave his beloved land turns into the decisive spring to make the leap, it is appropriate to say, in the career of a sport that, perhaps, in Albania, would have had little chance of being evaluated fully.
As an anonymous immigrant, one of many, Klaudio manages to become that champion to whom the basketball team of the city of Brindisi must say thanks for having performed the miracle of the A1 series.
The Italian Sports Center elected him as its representative for the meeting with Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square.
On that occasion, he spoke of himself:
"I'm not a sports champion, but I believe I am in life thanks to my parents' teaching and sport. And I tell the kids: if you have a dream, go ahead, fight, always have faith. Everything is reachable, I am the proof. "
Beyond the new life that Italy has given him, Klaudio has kept a very active bond also with Albanian sport.
In 2003 he won in Malta the FIBA Under 18 basketball championship with the Albanian national team, while in the 2012 he was summoned by the senior national team to participate in the qualifications of the 2013 European Basketball Championship.
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- (in Albanian) Basketbollisti shqiptar Klaudio Ndoja përlot fëmijët refugjatë në Itali