The World Fair Play Day 2023 ceremony was held on Thursday 7 September. This 4th edition was marked by the exceptional presence of Berit Reiss-Andersen, President of the Norwegian Committee for the Nobel Peace Prize, who was presented with the 1st "Sport for Peace Award" of the European Fair Play Movement awarded to the Norwegian Nobel Committee. As part of the ceremony, the World Fair Play Calendar was presented.

Our International President Pierre Zappelli was present at the ceremony on behalf of Panathlon International.




The on-line Meetings of the Working Group for the Ethics Commission and of the President's Committee were held on 28th and 29th of August.

The Ethics Commission Working Group, appointed by the International Board and composed of: Pierre Zappelli International President, Giorgio Costa President of District Italy, Peter Wütrich President of District Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Mavi Tizón Member of Panathlon Club Lima and Simona Callo Secretary General, met for the second time in on-line meeting to discuss about one of the requirements provided by the IOC also for the Recognised Associations like PI, to have an Ethics Commission and to adopt a Code of Ethics in order to fall within the parameters of good Governance. 

The participants at the meeting then discussed the role, composition, and purpose of this new Commission to be established by the International Board. 

At the end of the meeting, the participants then undertook to produce a document summarising what had emerged, to be presented to the International Board, also highlighting the next steps to be taken in order to arrive at the adoption of a Code of Ethics for PI by the supreme body of our Movement, namely the General Assembly which, we recall, will meet in Agrigento on 14-15 June 2024.  

The following day, the meeting of the PI President's Committee was held, on-line again. 

Among the various items on the agenda, the participants dwelt on the commitments that have involved the Presidency and the General Secretariat since the last meeting on 6 June. 

They focused on the activities related to the Erasmus project "Sport Against Match Fixing", which will see three PI ambassadors/panathletes, together with the project coordinators (Fabio Figueiras and Patrick Van Camphenout), take part in the next meeting scheduled to take place in Vilnius, Lithuania, at the end of September.

From this last meeting, before the final event in May 2024, the materials (brochures, comics, videos, etc.) and the results of the project will be finalised.

Other points under discussion, alongside the usual financial audits, were:  the constitution of the Argentine District, the realisation of a recognition for Godfather Clubs and for Members with panathletic seniority, the organisation of the next institutional meetings to be held on the occasion of the Pan-American Congress of Guayquil in Equador, the fulfilments related to the organisation of the General Assembly and the Congress of Agrigento, the arrangements for the presence of PI at the next Paris 2024 Olympic Games, the verification of Statutes received from Clubs, requests for patronage, the contacts made with new Nations and International Federations and other topics to be followed up and developed, as well as the participation in upcoming international and Club events by the President or his delegates.

Please note that all IB and PC resolutions will be sent to District Presidents and Governors, and visible to Clubs in the reserved section of our institutional website following their translation into French and English.




Tuesday 8 August, the General Secretariat of PI, in the person of Barbara Aste, and the International Board Member Paul Standaert participated in the "demo" organised by #Beactive for the European Week of Sport 2023 that will take place from 23 to 30 September.
The demo was presented to guide NCBs (National Coordinating Bodies) and Partners through the process of submitting and validating events for the European Week of Sport. The demo aims to simplify the process of submission and validation of events and is of interest to all organisers.

Panathlon International has granted its patronage to the Italian Chessboxing  Federation, organiser of the World Chessboxing Championships, which will take place in Riccione from 28 October to 2 November 2023.


World Fair Play Day was born in 2020, thanks to the partnership of the international institutions promoting Fair Play, the International Fair Play Committee (CIFP), the European Fair Play Movement (EFPM) and Panathlon International (PI), on the initiative of Panathlon Wallonie-Bruxelles. The aim is to make this Day an authentic celebration of Fair Play in sport worldwide. Panathlon International President Pierre Zappelli will also attend this important event.



The new #BeActive campaign is ready to start and the European Week of Sport 2023 is coming soon!
Save the date: 23-30 September.
#BeActive, the EU campaign that promotes an active and healthy lifestyle in Europe and beyond, is back in its 9th edition.
Sport in any form, at all ages and for everybody: this is the message of #BeActive, for healthier citizens and happier people.
Events in 40 countries, activities of many kinds, such as contests and challenges, but most of all, millions of people getting together and having fun thanks to sport.
Panathlon Clubs, always sensitive to this initiative, are invited to participate again this year (see circular). We look forward to your participation!


The monthly meeting with the Working Group for the project Erasums - SAMF -Sport Against Match Fixing of which Panathlon International is partner was held on-line on Thursday 29 June 2023.
The Working group discussed the progress of the works for the realisation of pedagogical tools, educational material and the realisation of videos on the subject. 
They also talked about the organisation of the next meeting to be held in Vilnius (Lithuania) during which there will be, among other things, the presentation of materials and the training of ambassadors who will spread, among young people and students, the results of the project.
Two PI delegates and three members (Club of Belgium Italy and Austria) will attend the event as ambassadors on behalf of Panathlon International.



Panathlon International Board Member Patrick Van Campenhout has been elected President of the European Wushu Federation (IWUF).
He also acts as chairman of Panathlon International's Expansion Commission and actively participates in the PI's Erasmus projects. Many congratulations on this well-deserved recognition.


The annual Forum on Sport and Human Rights will be organised by the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) in cooperation with the Data Protection Unit.
This forum will aim at creating an exchange between specialists from different fields, addressing emerging human rights challenges in a sport context, enabling closer cooperation and exploring avenues for further action. It will be structured around four themes focusing on performance analysis and predictive technologies, international information exchange, personal data in anti-doping, facial recognition and crowd control.
Panathlon International will attend this event online.


The PI International Board held its meeting on 15 and 16 June

Among the items on the Agenda, the International Board decided to postpone the date of the next General Elective Assembly and International Congress, scheduled to take place in Agrigento, to 15-16 June 2024 (due to European Elections on the previous weekend).

It discussed and also approved: the revision of the "Sports Categories" for which a Commission was appointed, composed of the International President, the General Secretary, and International Board members Giorgio Chinellato and Patrick Van Campenhout; the Regulations for the constitution of the "Roll of Honour of the Ambassadors of Sport" to introduce PI to the world together with its values and aims; the "Regulations of Clubs/Areas/Districts Godfathers" to assign a symbolic recognition to those who try to constitute new Clubs. 

Within  the reflections that emerged from the working group for the 'Savings Commission' created specifically to analyse possible savings in administrative management, it was decided: to send the next issue of the Magazine online; to confirm the sending of promotional material to Clubs until the end of 2023; to hold the next meetings online, except for the Pan-American Congress in Guayaquil (ECU), together with the District Presidents' Committee and the last IB in 2023. Special thanks go to the District of Ecuador, which was willing to partially support the hospitality for the members of the International Bodies and all the expenses for the realisation of the meetings (rooms, equipment, and simultaneous translation).

Finally, the IB applauded the possible establishment of a new Club in the City of Cordoba, Argentina, which will allow the District to be reconstituted.

The relevant resolutions will be translated (FR/IT/EN), as usual, and sent to the Board members, District Presidents and Governors, as well as being posted on the PI website.

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