Mourning in the world of Panathlon International and fencing: Mario Mangiarotti has died at the age of 98 years after a long illness, passing on the fencing baton to to Carola, Edo s’ daughter.

World Medal (silver in Stockholm 1951), son of Olympic fencing champion Giuseppe Mangiarotti and brother of fencers Dario and Edoardo Mangiarotti. A native of Renate, he began his medical career as a cardiologist.

He had been President of the Panathlon Club Bergamo and Governor of what was then “District 2” (currently Area 02 Lombardia) of the Panathlon International and President of the provincial CONI of Bergamo for 25 years.


Mario l'ultimo della dinastia dei Mangiarotti



Panathlon Day, Charter of Fair Play and European Charter of women in sport. 

Major preparations in Rapallo, seat of Panathlon International’s headquarters for a series of international events of “District Italy and Area 4 Liguria” that will be held to celebrate Panathlon’s birth occurred 68 years ago!

It should also be remembered that the "Panathlon day" will be celebrated worldwide on 12 June wherever there is presence of a Panathlon Club. An initiative will be promoted to recall that, in the distant 12 June 1951 in Venice, was born this organization of volunteering in sport which currently has about 300 clubs in the world and just under 10000 members.

From 12 to 15 June at  "Villa Queirolo" in Rapallo there will be held meetings and gatherings of high importance: the President’s Committee, the International Board, the Scientific and Cultural Commission and the meeting with Peter Verboven President of the University Panathlon Clubs who, with Pierre Zappelli Panathlon International President (Lausanne-CH), Giorgio Costa President District Italy (Rapallo-I) and Simona Callo Secretary General will meet a delegation from the University of Rome, Tor Vergata.

Panathlon delegations from all over the world, Canada, Great Britain, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium and Brazil will discuss strategic topics, including: proposal for amendments to PI Statute; Reflections on the Charter of Fair Play (already adopted by Panathlon International) and on the European Charter of women's rights in sport; active participation of Panathlon International in international  events aimed to protecting children in sport.

On June 13th at the end of these important meetings there will be a gala evening at the “Rapallo Golf Club” organized by all the Ligurian Panathlon Clubs and Governor of Area 4 Germano Tabaroni, which will be the opportunity to reward sports clubs and athletes of the territory who have achieved important results in sport. The evening will be an opportunity to exchange experiences and to strengthen Panathlon friendship, supported by a common vision of sport lived as culture, loyalty and growth.

Vice-President of Special Olympics Italy, Alessandro Palazzotti and Antonio Gozzi, President of the Football Club Virtus Entella which has just been promoted in 2nd Division will also be present at the evening. The Area 04 Liguria of Panathlon, will also reward the champion of Paralympic Judo Asia Giordano from Genoa, accompanied by coach Rosario Valastro.

Once again, Panathlon’s motto "ludis Iungit " will continue to make the Olympic torch shine.






The Club of Maldonado y Punta del Este visiting the General Secretariat of Panathlon International

Tuesday, May 21 a delegation of the Club of Maldonado y Punta del Este (U) visited the headquarters of Panathlon International in Rapallo, on the occasion of a trip carried out in Italy.

Carlos de Léon, President of the Club, together with the Treasurer Coussan Leonel and their dear ladies were welcomed at Villa Queirolo by the staff of the General Secretariat, the Secretary General and the Italian District President

Giorgio Costa who, having heard about the visit, greeted with enthusiasm the Uruguayan friends.  

A good opportunity to get to know each other better, to exchange experiences and consolidate the Panathletic friendship. 






The ASPIRE Final Conference -  14th June 2019, Frankfurt, Germany


Evidence-base and Research

Capacity Building


Collaboration and Sustainability

The ASPIRE Project

ASPIRE - Activity, Sport and Play for the Inclusion of Refugees in Europe - is an international social responsibility project with 13 partners from 11 European countries, coordinated by ENGSO-The European Sports NGO and supported by the European Commission and the  European Lotteries.

Running from January 2017 to June 2019, ASPIRE focuses on establishing how sports clubs can best support the inclusion of migrants and refugees, building on the wide popularity of sports and other forms of physical activity.

The ASPIRE Final Conference

The one-day event within the framework of the ENGSO General Assembly features the closing accord of the ASPIRE Project, bringing together different stakeholders and decision-makers to raise awareness on the added value of sport in promoting the social inclusion of refugees. The Final Conference aims at sharing project

results and conclusions as well as strengthening partnership network on sport for refugees.

PI Delegate Mr. Patrick Van Campenhout of the Panathlon Club Bruxelles will attend the event.




The three-day working sessions and events that took place at the LIUC University of Castellanza as from April 4 to 6 2019, were completed.

Following the opening conference meeting dealing with , “Women’s sports” organized by Panathlon International Club La Malpensa, focused on the 2018-2019 Merit Awards assigned to student-athlete Silvia Pollicini, professional cyclist and student of the University of Castellanza,  thus followed by Panthlon International’s Committee of District Presidents,  Panathlon International’s, Extraordinary Elective CAB Assembly  alongside Panathlon International’s District Italy Ordinary General Assembly and the Assembly of Area 2 – Lombardy.

The District Presidents Assembly meeting, has benefited from the participation of all the representatives of the various countries where Panathlon International is present: for the Americas: Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru/Bolivia, Uruguay/Paraguay, for Europe: Austria, France, Italy, Switzerland/FL , justified absent representatives: Belgium. Ecuador and the Supranational body. After the presentation of Panathlon International’s activities, illustrated by International President and the General Secretary, were subsequently followed by the reports made by the various Presidents on the activities that are being carried out at district level. After the exchanges of views and constructive confrontations a final edition of the document was drafted, which will be submitted in the upcoming International Board Meeting. Among the various issues taken into consideration, particular focus was given to the integration of young people in the movement  and on the importance of confirming Panathlon as the world’s reserve of ethics, in the hope to carry out a strategic five-year development plan, already presented by the Peru District, on the improvement of relations among some Districts and  the National Olympic Committees.

On April 6th, 2019, in the Auditorium of the LIUC University the Panathlon International’s Extraordinary General Meeting was held, chaired by International President, Mr. Pierre Zappelli, the following members were appointed: Vice-President, Mr. Enrico Salomi, President of La Malpensa Club and Secretary, Mr. Lilvio Ungaro, President of the Trieste Muggia Club.


132 Clubs attended (physically present and by proxy) The Assembly was open with the speech given by University Chancellor, Professor Federico Visconti illustrating the activities carried out by the University. After the presentation of some candidates and brief comments, voting took place with the following outcome:

- Mr. Franco Fähndrich – Panthlon Club Lucerne (Switzerland) - 105 Votes

- Mr. Riccardo Galassi – Panathlon Club Ancona (Italy) – 77 Votes

- Mr. Goliardo Canonico – Panathlon Club Perugia (Italy) – 75 Votes

- Mr. Giovanni Brichetto – Panathlon Club Genova (Italy) – 48 Votes

- Mr. Pasquale De Palma – Panathlon Club Molfetta (Italy) – 43 Votes

- Mr. Riccardo Puzzo – Panathlon Club Siracusa (Italy) – 30 Votes

- Mr. Norberto M. Romano Alonzo – Panathlon Club Montevideo (U) – Votes 29 

Thus elected are: effective members: Mr. Franco Fähndrich, Mr. Riccardo Galassi, Mr. Goliardo Canonico and substitute members, Mr. Giovanni Brichetto and Mr. Pasquale De Palma.

We wish to thank all the candidates for their contribution

Thanks are also due to the Verifying Credentials Committee and effective members: Mr. Enrico Stochetti, President Panathlon Club Varese, Mr. Andrea Da Roit, President Panathlon Club Florence and Ms. Eugenia Maccorsini member of the La Malpensa Club that with their high-standing commitment and cooperation have essentially assisted the carrying out of accreditations.

To follow the District Italy General Assembly took place which established the approval of all the proposals unanimously.

In addition to what aforementioned Panathlon Club La Malpensa organized an evocative and inspiring mediaeval dinner with jugglers and dancers held at the Manor of San Magno in Legnano. A heartfelt thanks goes to all the members of the Club La Malpensa, its President, Mr. Enrico Salomi and to Mr. Sergio Allegrini who personally invested his time for the successful outcome of the events.  



The Six books finalists of the Bancarella Sport 2019

The commission of selection of the Bancarella Sport Prize 2019 met in Milan, at the Bank Cesare Ponti. The Contest for Sports Literature was added to the general one on the proposal of the Panathlon Carrara e Massa’s members, in particular by Renzo Chiappale, in 1964.

The regulations provides that among the books published in the previous year, six are chosen by a selection board composed of representatives of the “Fondazione Città del Libro” of Pontremoli, organiser of the event, by the representatives of the Main Sports Magazines and a commissioner of Panathlon International who for some years has been P.I. Past-President Mr. Giacomo Santini, journalist and sports writer.

This year the selection has affected about twenty competing books, the result of a previous skimming carried out in Pontremoli to bring to the Scrutiny Commission works of good-quality.

The Six selected volumes are:

“Radiogol” by Riccardo Cucchi, editor Il Saggiatore

“Demoni” by Alessandro Alciato – Vallardi

“Il caso Fiorenzo Magni” by Walter Bernardi, Ediciclo

“4810 Il monte Bianco” by Paolo Paci, Corbaccio

“Caimani” by Eraldo Pizzo e Claudio Mangini, Sagep Editors

“Asfalto” by Andrea Dovizioso, Mondadori

These six selected books will be screened by a special jury of 70 large voters (20 booksellers, 45 personalities of culture and Sport, 15 members of Panathlon International) who decree the absolute winner. 

Every year, in July, the votes and the award ceremony are carried out in Piazza della Repubblica in Pontremoli, with a great day of culture and passion for sport.



The Committee of the District Presidents will be held in Castellanza (Varese, Italy) on Friday, April 5, 2019, from 9:00 am at the Auditorium "Università Carlo Cattaneo " LIUC.

The Presidents of the Districts Austria, Brazil,  Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Switzerland and Uruguay will attend the meeting.



The works of the International Board have begun today 21st March 2019 in Lausanne at the “Olympia Hall” of the Olympic Museum.

Work in progress


The first meeting of the newly elected Executive Committee of the International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS) with 2018-2022 mandate met at the Maison du Sport International in Lausanne, Switzerland on the 12th March 2019.

The Executive Committee meeting was opened by Prof. Uğur Erdener, IOC Vice President and Chairman of the Medical & Scientific Commission.

Particular highlights of the meeting included the approval of the composition of the new FIMS Commissions and the signing of a MOU between FIMS and Panathlon in the presence of its President  Pierre Zappelli.



Hereunder please find a brief summary submitted by International Board Member, Mr. Paul Standaert, delegate for the Panathlon International Representation in Brussels – during the meeting of the President’s Committee held in San Marino on November 23, 2018. The full version will be published in the next issue of Panathlon International’s magazine. 

Erasmus +

As from December 2017, a task force was established to work on a proposal for the Erasmus+ in view of preparing, no later than April 2019, a project aimed for children aged 10 to 14 years on the role that parents, coaches and teachers have in Sport.

European Week of Sport

Panathlon International’s Representation in Brussels, in partnership with the European Lotteries and ENGSO, have organized a well-attended sports activity in Brussels and, the day after, a seminar on Gender Equality and Good Governance was held.

Panathlon Award

Panathlon International’s Representation in Brussels hosted the presentation of the “Stipendium” a Panathlon Award for the best “city project” in the Flanders to promote the values of Panathlon International.

European Study on Sport Manipulation

In response to the appeal of the Belgian National Platform against match-fixing, the Panathlon International’s Representation has organized a meeting in order to agree a partnership with Panathlon International on this specific European research program.

EU Brussels Club

Many people are interested in Panathlon International thanks to the great evolution of the Representation office in Belgium which is turning into an international platform and network.  That is why, a new Panathlon International Club will be founded by the end of the year.

Moreover, International Board Member, Mr. Paul Standeart has participated as representative of Panathlon International at the following meetings:

• In April 2018 at the International Safe Sport Conference in Madrid a point benchmark for the promotion and development of structural measures to safeguard children in sport;

• In September 2018, at the conference organized by the Austrian Minister of Sports and the inauguration of the 2018 European Sports Week, of which Panathlon International is official partner, always in Vienna.

A special thanks goes to Philippe Vlaemminck, member of Panathlon  Gand who offers the facilities of his Company, Pharumlegal, to host the Representation, to Thiery Zintz, President of  the Belgium District and Justine Vandenbon, member of Panathlon Brussels, for her considerable and valuable support and for the organisation of the Erasmus +  project.


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