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The Governing Board of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) Consultative Committee, at its meeting on 24 April, decided, by written procedure, to renew the membership of Panathlon International for a period of three years from 13 October 2024.

The EPAS Executive Secretary, Sophie Kwasny, expressed words of thanks for the cooperation and constant interest in EPAS activities and PI efforts to promote the European Sports Charter.

“I look forward to continuing our fruitful collaboration and advancing our goals of making sport more ethical, safe and inclusive”.



Agrigento 14 June 2024 - During the gala dinner at the Hotel Dioscuri, a "Memorandum of Understanding" has been stipulated between Panathlon International and the "International Maxibasketball Federation" (FIMBA) represented by its President Dr. Rubén Rodríguez Lamas. The International Maxibasketball Federation is a non-profit civil association, founded on 21 August 1991 in the city of Buenos Aires - Argentina. It was formed with the purpose of promoting, sponsoring, encouraging, developing, organising, directing and controlling the practice of Maxibasket throughout the world, in compliance with Olympic and international basketball regulations.

FIMBA and PI have therefore agreed to establish a partnership for the promotion of panathletic values and Fair Play in the organisation of Maxibasket tournaments worldwide.




On Friday 28th June at Villa Queirolo in Rapallo the staff of the General Secretariat welcomed the new International President Giorgio Chinellato accompanied by his wife Paola. 

A pleasant and constructive meeting in view of the upcoming future of Panathlon International. 




The new #BeActive campaign is ready to start and European Sports Week 2024 is coming! 

Save the date: 23-30 September.

#BeActive, the EU campaign that promotes an active and healthy lifestyle in Europe and beyond.

Panathlon Clubs always sensitive to this initiative, are invited to participate. 

We are waiting for you!

Be-Active- 2024 - Handbook

Be-Active- 2024 - Branding Style Guide

“Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Sports for Women”

Panathlon International Round Table – 14 June 2024 - Agrigento

A theme strongly wanted by the late President of the Commission for Culture, Science and Education, Eugenio Guglielmino. A topic that the International Council, at the time, had welcomed very favourably, considering it an extremely topical subject and still a crucial point. The proof is that at the next Olympic Games, for the first time, athletes will be represented equally for both sexes.

Protagonists of this Consensus therefore were the women: of great depth, committed to culture, sport and politics who, with their strong and engaging testimonies, provided much food for thought.

From gender equality to the elimination of all barriers in sport, to equal treatment and respect as persons. All coordinated by Brazilian Moderator Carlos Antonio Bramante of the CCSE of PI. Lively and stimulating then was the debate that involved both the audience and those connected. Piermarco Zen-Ruffinen (CH), a member of the CCSE will write the final report. The conference, available in Italian, English and French with subtitles in the required languages, can now be viewed online in its original version. 



The 51st Elective General Assembly of Panathlon International and the 22nd International Congress entitled 'Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in sports for women' took place on 14 and 15 June 2024 at the Dioscuri Bay Palace Hotel, in Agrigento, the Italian cradle of classical Greek civilisation.

The Assembly proceedings were preceded by a welcome dinner at the 'Casa Barbadoro' restaurant in the Valley of the Temples. Participants were able to taste the history enclosed in the archaeological site through some typical dishes of Agrigento cuisine. 

The Ordinary General Assembly was held on Friday, preceded by a minute's silence in memory of Eugenio Guglielmino. After the video greeting by IOC President Thomas Bach, the 130 voting Clubs approved the IC's Moral Report, the Secretary General's Organisational Report and the Treasurer's Economic and Financial Report on the final balance sheet. At the same time, the Erasmus SAMF project was presented by Fabio Figueiras and the PI Ambassadors Gwenda Stevens and Barbara Rossi.

Following the IC's reasoned proposal regarding the amount of dues for the two years following the current one, a lively debate took place, which ended with the non-approval of the proposal.

The work continued in the afternoon with the Round Table, which was very successful and well attended. We will publish a special report.

Speakers were: Ekoh Karichma (FR-CMR) - Professional Handball Athlete, Raffaella Masciadri (I) - Athlete-President of the CONI Athletes Commission, Maria Luiza Souza Dias (BR) - ISCA Vice-President, Carla Spielmann (CH) - PI Expansion Commission Member, Giusy Versace (I) - Paralympic Athlete- in connection.

Moderator: Antonio Bramante. Piermarco Zen-Ruffinen will draft the conclusions.

Friday ended with a Gala Dinner preceded by the Communication Award Ceremony, presented by Past President Giacomo Santini, during which the four winners received the prizes (consisting of a laptop)

for their work. 

Afterwards the collaboration agreement with the International Maxibasketball Federation was made official and was signed by its President Rubén Rodriguez Lamas, member of the Panathlon Club Buenos Aires. The Panathlon Club Agrigento signed the twinning with the Clubs of Imperia-Sanremo and Mestre. 

During the evening there have been many moments of emotion and thanks addressed both by the President and the outgoing Board. Finally, Past President Pierre Zappelli received the Domenico Chiesa Award from the outgoing Board members, presented to him by Vice President of the Foundation Enrico Prandi.

On the morning of Saturday 15 June, the discussion was resumed on the approval of the budget for the biennium 2025/2026 (which had been suspended the previous day due to the protracted work). The Assembly decided to postpone this item to a future Assembly, to be held online, to be convened by the new IB.

The General Elective Assembly saw the conclusion of the term of President Pierre Zappelli, who led the Movement for eight years.

The 184 voting Clubs expressed their preference following the presentation of three candidates: Giorgio Chinellato, Leno Chisci and Paul Standaert.

The first vote led to a runoff between Giorgio Chinellato and Paul Standaert and then to the election of the International President: the former International Board Member, Giorgio Chinellato won with 121 preferences.

The voting for the International Board members then took place, which was composed as follows: Carlos De Leon, Christian Garrabos, Fabiano Gerevini Stefano Giulieri, Luigi Innocenzi, Antonio Laganà, Gianpaolo Milan e Paolo Perin. After the first International Board meeting, the two Vice Presidents were elected: Stefano Giulieri - Deputy Vice President and Luigi Innocenzi - Vice President. Simona Callo was confirmed in the role of Secretary General.

Permanent members of the Auditors' Board were confirmed with the election of Giuseppe Ravasi, Andrea Sbardellati and Marino Albani, flanked by substitute members Nicola Fiore and Gabriela Loor Lopez.

The Constitution and Arbitration Board saw the confirmation of Sandro Carlo Fagiolino and Riccardo Galassi and the election of Rubén Rodriguez Lamas as full members. Substitute members: Franco Fähndrich and Adolfo Maiello.

To the newly elected members, warmest congratulations and best wishes for a good job!

Heartfelt thanks to the President of Agrigento Pasquale Mauro, to Past-President Gerlando Amato and to Governor Roberto Pregadio who provided invaluable assistance throughout the organisation of the events, to the members of the Verification of Credentials and to the Scrutineers who collaborated in the admission and counting of votes and to Marcello Tornatore of the Panathlon Club Caltanissetta as Secretary of the Assembly. 

The events were held under the patronage of: Municipality of Agrigento, Sicily Region Department of Tourism, Sport and Entertainment, Regional Assembly of Sicily, Agrigento, Italian Capital of Culture 2025, Free Municipal Consortium of Agrigento, Chamber of Commerce Agrigento, The Valley of the Temples Park Agrigento, Fijet.






As of June 12th, “Panathlon Day” will be celebrated all over the world. An initiative promoted to remember that on June 12th, 1951, this sports volunteer organization was born in Venice.

On the 73 anniversary of Foundation Day, we invite all clubs to promote initiatives and events to celebrate this special day and to remember what values Panathlon was founded on: friendship, sporting ethics, passion, and fair play.




Hotel Dioscuri - Agrigento

The works of the 51st Ordinary General Assembly will begin on Friday 14 June from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. After the greetings of the Authorities, the Reports for the biennium 2022/2023 will be discussed.

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The Ordinary Elective General Assembly for the Election of International Offices will be held on Saturday 15 June, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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14 June is approaching! Don't miss our Round Table: "Diversity, equity, and inclusion in sport for women" at the Hotel Dioscuri in Agrigento.

The event will be held both in-person and online with translations in Italian, English and French and the possibility, for those who connect, to read the subtitles (generated with AI) in all languages.

To access and ask questions (chat only), you can register in advance by sending your email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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We look forward to seeing you there to share and discuss together this topical and important issue.  


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