The presentation of the book "Joy and Pain in Sport" by Professor Yves Vanden Auwelee will take place on Tuesday 28 March, from 11 am to 1.30 pm at the Fondation Universitaire de Bruxelles. The President of the PI Club EU Brussels, Philippe Vlaemminck, will welcome the participants and Partrick Van Campenhout, member of the International Board representing PI, will introduce the author. This presentation will be followed by a debate with five experts from the sports sector:

Moderator: Walter de Beauvesier Watson, Managing Partner ISICS Group, Lottery- and Sportsintegrity Consultancy.


- Van Houdt, Head of the Sport Unit, European Commission;
- Marjan Olfers, Professor of Sports Law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam;
- Severin Moritzer, CEO Play Fair Code, Vienna;
- Jacques Blondin, Head of Regulatory Enforcement, FIFA;
- Ruben Neyens, Elite Sports Manager of the Flemish Gymnastics Federation.

You can attend the meeting (40 places available) and it will be broadcast live (the link to the live streaming will be sent by email one hour before the book launch). Registration is required.

Click here to register





Does sport desert the 'deserts' of values ?
The Club of Lucca, through a letter from its President, relaunches and deepens a recently topical issue, following the World Cup held in Qatar.
It was appropriate to assign the organisation of a world sporting event to a nation that has been criticised many times:

1. For its failure to observe universally shared human and social values? 

2. For the indifference with which the many fatal accidents that occurred during the work on the pharaonic sports facilities were ignored?

3. For the flaunting of the power of money as an absolute value in settling technical disputes and political and federal negotiations?

4. Is it now right, after this affair, to proceed with the assignment of the organisation of the 2030 World Cup to Saudi Arabia, another reality where many civil rights are trampled upon, without any consideration for ethical and moral aspects?

5. How do you assess such choices and orientations of FIFA aimed only at the availability of financial resources?

6. OR should sport overlook these moral considerations and safeguard only technical and structural guarantees?

7. FINALLY: Should Panathlon International express itself on these considerations in an official form?

Send us your opinions and in the next issue of our magazine we will publish the outcome of the discussion and the recommended orientation for Panathlon International.
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Wednesday, 10 August 2022 08:18

Events 15 - 16 September 2022

Dear friends,

Please find below the link to access the REGISTRATION FORM for the events to be held in Rome (you can choose either the Italian or English version in the drop-down menu at the top right):

  • 15th September from 3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.: Round Table entitled "The Effects of Conflicts and Politics on Sport" (translation in Italian-English-French and transmission via streaming) at the Aula Magna of the G. Onesti Olympic Preparation Centre. Onesti - Acqua Acetosa
  • 16th September at 3.00 p.m.: Flambeau d'Or in memory of Antonio Spallino to Thomas Bach - IOC President, at the CONI Hall of Honour
Wednesday, 10 February 2021 12:28

PI President's Committee - February 11, 2021

PI President's Committee

On February 11, 2021, a new meeting of the PI President's Committee will be held by videoconference.

Among the various topics on the agenda: new projects for clubs, guidelines for the establishment of clubs and for the granting of patronage, new contacts for the opening of Clubs in Italy and Africa.






The International Olympic Committee (IOC), The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee (Tokyo 2020) Today published the first playbook, a resource which outlines the personal responsibilities key stakeholders must take to play their role in ensuring safe and successful Olympic and Paralympic Games this Summer 

First Playbook


The first part of the Panathlon International Photo Contest 2020 has ended.

The photos taken by Martino Pota member of the Club of Rome, manager of the SS Lazio Bowling (section colours) and the one taken by Lucia Custodi President of the Panathlon Club Orvieto (section black/white) have been the ones that have obtained more likes on our Facebook page, winning the Web Award! 

The photos will be published on the cover of PI Magazine, as stated in the Contest Rules.

Congratulations to Martino Pota and Lucia Custodi and  thank you to the numerous participants for their pics; through the language of the images they have transmitted emotions, worries and new behaviours that this pandemic has forced us to live in sport and in our lives, sometimes also with a pinch of irony!

An international jury will decide the final winners in each category.

The album of all the photos that participated can be seen at



Sport and Panathlon lose one of their great promoters, Antoine Paccaud.

Passionate about panathletic values, he always considered sport as a determining element for youth education and health. 

Founding member of the Panathlon Club Yverdon-les-Bains, which he presided, he has held International posts as International Board Member, International Vice-President and  Delegate of the Expansion Commission for Europe.

During this mandate, he was responsible for promoting panathletic ideals by contributing to the creation of several clubs in Europe and North Africa.

His action in promoting fair play and ethical behaviour has earned him several awards, including the nomination as honorary President of his club.

Panathlon International shares the grief of his family and Club.




Again this year comes back the Panathlon International Award - CSIT World Sports Games 2021!

As presented at the CSIT Congress by President Pierre Zappelli, we are pleased to inform you that also this year will be awarded the special prize, which will be staged at the WSG 2021 in Emilia Romagna: The Panathlon International Award - CSIT World Sports Games 2021!

The 2019 Award has been assigned to the Honorary President of CSIT Prof. Kalevi Olin who has been awarded during the closing ceremony by the President of PI Pierre Zappelli.

We remind that the Panathlon-CSIT WSG Award, born from the collaboration in partnership with CSIT, has the objective to encourage, coordinate and promote the development of the sporting ideal and its moral and cultural values in all countries where CSIT is present. The Award gives all CSIT Member Unions, in different countries, the opportunity to nominate candidates who have distinguished themselves in upholding the ethical and cultural values of sport.

By awarding this prize we wish to recognise, reward, and celebrate those who, by their example and actions, have honoured and upheld these fundamental principles. The Award is the culmination of all nominations received from CSIT Members and will be designated by the International Board of Panathlon International.

The deadline for nominations is 25 March, the winner will be invited and awarded as part of the CSIT World Sports Games 2021!

After the opening session of the 16th Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport of the Council of Europe and the introductory session focused on the revision of the European Charter for Sport (5 November 2020), the third online session of this conference ("Human rights in sport") took place on Monday 7 December (10.00-11.30 CET). 

The session was open only to invited delegations and observers, for Panathlon International participated the General Secretary Simona Callo. 

This introductory session was moderated by André-Noël Chaker and included insights into human rights issues such as the right to a fair trial, the protection of children and the economic and social rights of athletes. Speakers included:

Tiina Kivisaari, Director of Sport, Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland 

Marko Bošnjak, Judge, European Court of Human Rights 

Claudia Bokel, President of the German Fencing Federation, former President of the IOC Athletes Commission 

Pierre Cornu, President, Foundation Board, International Centre for Sport Studies (CIES) 

The session was opened by Lefteris Avgenakis, Deputy Minister for Culture and Sport, Greece


Thursday, 03 December 2020 10:35


On the 1st of December, in an atmosphere of great collaboration, the first meeting of the Working Group was held by videoconference. It coordinates the World Fair Play Day set on the 7th of September of each year. 

Present were the Club of Wallonie-Brussels, promoter of the event, the Head of the International Fair Play Committee, the President and Secretary of EFPM and for Panathlon International the General Secretary Simona Callo.

Several items on the agenda. From the coordination of the group, to the diffusion of the Manifesto from the management of the web site to the promotion campaign, from the celebration of the event in 2021 to the actions to be taken.

At the end of the meeting, the President of the Club of Wallonie Brussels, Philippe Housiaux thanked everyone for the team spirit shown and concluded by saying that " .... we all know that there is a lot of work to do, but we are already speaking the "language of fair play", the most precious of all the languages of the world (and not only in the world of sport)".

The second meeting has already been scheduled for January 2021 in order to update the progress of the work. 



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