PI’s Constitution and Arbitration Board (CAB) and Auditors’ Board (AB) have appointed their two new Chairs, respectively Sandro Fagiolino from Panathlon Club Orvieto and Giuseppe Ravasi from Panathlon Club Parma, to whom we wish a most fruitful work.

This decision was adopted by common accord by all the members who, since they took office after election in 2020, had agreed on rotating the chairmanship at mid-term. We wish to thank Riccardo Galassi from Panathlon Club Ancona and Andrea Sbardellati from Panathlon Club Siena for chairing the two Boards since late 2022 and for showing continued service-oriented commitment together with Franco Fähndrich (CAB) from Panathlon Club Luzern and Marino Albani (AB) from Panathlon Club San Marino.


In the picture, in order: Marino Albani (AB) Panathlon Club San Marino, Andrea Sbardellati (AB) Panathlon Club Siena, Riccardo Galassi (CAB) Panathlon Club Ancona, Franco Fähndrich (CAB) Panathlon Club Luzern

L’evento sportivo più inclusivo al mondo, il SOWG, si terrà a Berlino dal 17 al 25 giugno ed è alla ricerca di volontari e volontarie.

Gli Special Olympics World Games sono un evento sportivo mondiale organizzato dal movimento Special Olympics, noto per la sua inclusività. Dona, infatti, ad atleti con disabilità intellettive e non la possibilità di gareggiare insieme. Quest’anno sarà proprio la città di Berlino ad ospitare l’evento col motto di #UnbeatableTogether. Sono più di un milione i volontari che prendono parte agli eventi organizzati da Special Olympics ogni anno. Le iscrizioni per partecipare come volontari e volontarie ai giochi Berlinesi sono aperte fino al 31 gennaio.

Il programma volontari SOWG Berlin 2023

I volontari che prenderanno parte al SOWG Berlin 2023 avranno la possibilità di assistere all’evento da dietro le quinte, con annessa partecipazione a tutte le competizioni e alle cerimonie di apertura e chiusura, e di supportare in maniera diretta gli atleti partecipanti. Inoltre, sarà fornita loro la divisa da volontari e un pass per usufruire dei mezzi pubblici nell’area urbana di Berlino a titolo gratuito. Infine, tutti i volontari riceveranno un certificato di riconoscimento dell’attività svolta.

I requisiti
É possibile candidarsi come volontario con un’età minima di 16 anni e una disponibilità di almeno 4 giorni. La sensibilità e il rispetto verso le persone con disabilità costituisce requisito fondamentale mentre è preferibile la conoscenza, anche ad un livello base, della lingua inglese e/o tedesca.

Le diverse opzioni di volontariato
É possibile prendere parte all’evento individualmente come General Volunteer, con un impegno di 5/6 ore al giorno per 4 giorni, o come Key Volunteer, con un impegno di circa 8 ore al giorno per 10 giorni e svolgendo un ruolo di tramite tra lo staff dell’organizzazione e i volontari individuali.
Si può partecipare inoltre come Assistente di delegazione, principale punto di contatto delle delegazioni sportive; volontario “Healthy Athletes” che fornisce assistenza nei check-up medici; in Gruppo con i propri amici, familiari o colleghi o in Tandem Team, composto da un volontario avente disabilità mentali e da un suo accompagnatore.


L’organizzazione è alla ricerca anche di un pubblico che faccia il tifo per gli atleti e le atlete italiane in gara.

Per ulteriori informazioni e/o supporto nella compilazione del modulo di partecipazione è possibile contattare:

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Cycling and international Panathlon mourn the passing of Vittorio Adorni, a great protagonist of a human and sporting event that has profoundly affected these two worlds. He was 85 years old.

The commitment that involved him most on 'stationary wheels' was in Panathlon International, the service club of sportsmen and women in the world, in which he held the position of international president for eight years, from 1996 to 2004. His charisma as a champion and as an executive made the movement grow in number of members and in consideration by the International Olympic Committee.

In the sport of cycling, he leaves behind the example of an authentic and gentle champion, a professional from 1961 to 1970, capable of conquering the highest goals, such as the Giro d'Italia in 1965 and the world champion's rainbow jersey in 1968, and remaining profoundly modest. He was also a successful sports director of champions like Eddy Merckx and then an intelligent television commentator alongside Sergio Zavoli and presenter of a popular television programme with artist Liana Orfei.

He was also involved in cycling as a representative of the professional sector within the International Cycling Union. He was also involved in politics as municipal councillor for sport in his city Parma.

Everywhere he left the imprint of a passionate presence and a capacity for serene, objective and positive analysis of sporting or political events, with deep respect for people and truth.




To discuss the results of the research step, the Partners of the Erasmus+ funded Project, Sports Against Match-Fixing (SAMF), met on the 17th and 18th of November 2022 in the Malta Football Association HQ (National Stadium, Ta’ Qali) to discuss the progress and results of the research step, as well to discuss the preliminary results of the quantitative/qualitative analytical work that has been conducted so far by the Partners and to define the next actions and deadlines. It was also a good moment for the Partners to meet and discuss and exchange experiences on their individual deliverables/outcomess, e.g. the results of their respective focus group meetings, as well as their interview outputs.

After two full intense days of work, the Malta Football Association, which kindly organized and setup these meetings, also provided the Partners a relaxing visit to its Museum, as well as the chance to assist to a friendly match between the Men’s Malta National Football team and the Greek National Football Team.

Panathlon International is one of the partners of SAMF – Sport Against Match-Fixing (SAMF), a Erasmus+ funded project, which is being coordinated by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) and which is further composed of following partners - Sport Evolution Alliance (SEA), FIBA EUROPE, Malta Football Association (MFA), Lithuania Football Federation (LFF) and EUNIK. 

Panathlon International has been, through its clubs, especially active in the promotion of positive sporting values and ethics, in particular with awareness raising sessions on the combat of all sorts of sports manipulation, i.e. through online and physical held seminars and workshops, as well as previous participations in other projects/Erasmus+ funded projects related to the combat of match-fixing.

Panathlon International together with the P.I.- Domenico Chiesa Cultural Foundation, the Foundation for Sport of the Reggio Emilia Municipality and with the collaboration of “Palazzo Magnani” Foundation announce, for 2023,  a new photo contest on the theme "Identity and Sport".

The competition will end with the exhibition that will be set up within the event of the "Off circuit" of the European Photography Festival organised by the “Palazzo Magnani Foundation” that will take place in Reggio Emilia (Italy), from 28 April to 11 June 2023.

Participation is open to young people in the 18-30 age bracket, from any country in the world. Each author may register free of charge using the form attached to the Rules, together with a copy of an identity document by 25 March 2023, using the WeTransfer platform. 


Gear up to participate!


Thank you if you can also share the Rules and thus help us to spread the promotion of our Values




Kick-off of the International Video Competition promoted by Panathlon International Domenico Chiesa Foundation in cooperation with FICTS!

At the latest by 14 May 2023, all video lovers will have the opportunity to try their hand in this free-of-charge Competition entitled “Sport, Mountain & Olympism – Snow & Ice Sports”.

Joining is very simple: you just have to complete the registration form and send your video via WeTransfer to the address mentioned in the competition Rules (https://www.panathlon-international.org/index.php/it-it/fondazione-domenico-chiesa/competizione-internazionale-di-audio-video).

We are waiting for you!

If you cannot participate, please help us promote the Competition with as many people as possible, which will also contribute to disseminate our Values.

Thank you!


Panathlon International participated on 30 November 2022 in the second edition of the Forum on Sport and Human Rights held in a hybrid format in Strasbourg and online, organised by the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) of the Council of Europe.

During the Forum on Sport and Human Rights, representatives from governments, the sports movement and NGOs, as well as academics, journalists, athletes and experts, presented the situation in their areas of expertise, discussing recurring challenges and shared ideas and solutions for moving forward.

The topic of human rights in and through sport has been the focus of the last three Council of Europe Conferences of Ministers of Sport and remains an increasingly topical issue. The World Cup in Qatar is a testimony.

Many topics were discussed, freedom of expression, freedom of the press, gender, governance, the legal framework, etc. . In the afternoon four workshops were held on Sportsmen's Freedom of Expression, Freedom of the Press, Gender and Media Equality and Combating Hate Speech in Sport.



A final resolution will be drafted soon.

Find out more: web page




The film ICEFALL by Swiss director Joseph Areddy won first prize in the second edition of the International Visual Art Competition, curated by PI Domenico Chiesa Foundation and included in the 40th International FICTS Festival, held in the city of Milan, thanks to the generous collaboration given by Prof. Franco Ascani, President of the Federation Internationale Cinema Television Sportifs and member of the IOC Commission for Culture and Olympic Heritage.

The Milan festival is the Final Phase of the "World FICTS Challenge", the World Championship of Cinema, Television and Sports Culture, which takes place annually at the conclusion of the Phases consisting of the Festivals held in 20 countries of the 130 associated countries. Today marks also the tenth anniversary of Panathlon International's participation in the Beijing Festival in which the PANASPORTGAME video game was presented and later obtained an 'Honorable Mention' in Milan.

The eighth section of Festival 2022, reserved to PI Domenico Chiesa Foundation and dedicated to short films - maximum 4 minutes - saw the participation of works from 6 countries: Australia, China, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Switzerland.

 - The first prize went to ICEFALL by Joseph Areddy from Switzerland, a gripping film of a climb up an icefall. In addition to the €3,000 prize and the plaque, it also won the "Panathlon Club Award" as the most voted by the Referents. 

- Second place (2000 euros) to ROCK & SNOW by Michele Benericetti (Italy).

- Third place went to the Chinese JUNRU AND KEVIN by Wang Junru (1000 euros).

The "Special Audience Award" went to Umberto Mingolla and Mario Falotico for the video THE VALUE OF THE MOUNTAIN AND THE OLYMPIC SPIRIT as the movie with more views on the web. The audience has also received a brochure - in Italian and English – with the presentation of Panathlon International and the Foundation.

The Foundation also awarded a special mention plaque to the film submitted by the Organizing Committee of the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Games, entitled A DATE OF ICE AND SNOW. A summary of the Olympic Torch relay run for those events, with the motivation of intending to "pay tribute to the Committee in appreciation of the artistic contribution made".

The Vice-President of the Foundation, Enrico Prandi, has represented the International President Pierre Zappelli, unable to participate because on his way back from Bolivia, where the XIV Pan American Congress of Panathlon International took place. During his intervention, at the prize-giving ceremony, he officially announced that the Foundation will take part with its International Visual Competition also in the 2023 edition. The competition announcement will be published soon on Panathlon International website.



The XIV Pan-American Congress in Cochabamba, Bolivia, ended with great success. The works took place at the Gran Hotel Cochabamba.

Representatives of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Uruguay were present. Panathlon International has been represented by the International President Pierre Zappelli, by the Vice-President Orietta Maggi, by the CI responsible for America Luis Moreno, by the President of the Expansion Commission Patrick van Campenhout and by the Secretary General of PI Simona Callo. They described to the participants Panathlon International’s projects as "Fair play starts again from school", the activity of the General Secretariat, of the Expansion Commission and the Strategic Plan 2022-25. The International President at the opening of the works has reminded the importance of these in-person meetings that contribute to the strengthening of friendship, cultural sports exchanges and the possibility to establish also in South America a Panathlon International representation to develop its presence on the continent. Guest of honour the President of the Bolivarian Sports Games ODEBO Baltazar Medina from Bogotà -Colombia. After the welcome by the President of the Panathlon International Club of Cochabamba, Silvia Jimenez, each representative has illustrated the projects carried out by Clubs concerning school, fair play, environment, relations with the Olympic Committees, etc..

Mr. Bernardo Pavic, Vice-President of the Club Cochabamba, illustrated the activities of the club and said that he will work, together with the President, to establish a new district as soon as possible.

At the end of the second day, all representatives joined together to draw up the final document, which you can find attached. Before concluding the Congress, and after discussion, the participants have decided the next venues of the Pan-American Congress: 2023 Ecuador and 2025 Mexico.

All participants were accompanied by Silvia and Bernardo respectively President and Vice-President of the Panathlon International Club of Cochabamba to visit the centre of the city and the Christ that dominates it, in an atmosphere of sharing and friendship.

This experience will remain in the heart of all participants.  The city of Cochabamba together and the Panathlon Club members have been enthusiastic and willing to spread PI values.




On 20 and 21 October, PI Expansion Commission Chairman Patrick Van Campenhout travelled to Luxembourg to meet the local Panathlon Club.

He was welcomed by the President of the Club, Georges Welbes, who gave him a brief overview of the history of the Club.
President Van Campenhout has explained the results of the works of the Expansion Commission from its creation until today. 

Then Alex Goergen (Director of the Luxembourg Olympic Committee- LOC) took over with a round table discussion on the theme " Le sport au Grand-Duché de Luxembourg et la crise de l'énergie".

PI Club Luxembourg members include former ministers and directors of the Luxembourg Olympic Committee, including Ms Marie-Paul Hoffmann (vice-president LOC).

President Georges Welbes has pointed out that the Luxembourg Club will intensify its activities and relations with PI.

This visit of the President of the Expansion Commission is part of a project which aims, in addition to the establishment of new Clubs, to meet existing Clubs and involve them in the life and activities of PI.

The following day, International Board Member Patrick Van Campenhout had an interesting and fruitful meeting with the Technical Director of the Luxembourg Olympic Committee, Raymond Conzemius who met during the "World Games" in Birmingham - USA.

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