The International Olympic Committee (IOC) welcomes the reference to sport in the Group of Seven (G7) Leaders’ Statement on Ukraine, which they issued during their summit in Hiroshima, Japan. The statement says that the G7 are “fully respecting the autonomy of sporting organizations” and want to ensure that “Russian and Belarusian athletes are in no way appearing as representatives of their states”. This is fully aligned with the position of the IOC in this respect.


The Bancarella Sport Award celebrates its 60th anniversary and kick-starts the famous writing competition by announcing the six shortlisted finalist books that, next 15 July, will compete for the coveted blurb band that will be awarded by the votes of a large judging panel. The competing books are: “Chris Amon. La sfortuna non esiste” by Emiliano Tozzi (Minerva), “Giuliano Giuliani, più solo di un portiere” by Paolo Tomaselli (66thand2nd), “Le nuove guerre del calcio. Gli affari delle corporation e la rivolta dei tifosi” by Marco Bellinazzo (Feltrinelli), “Un gioco da ragazzi” by Bruno Conti with Gianmarco Menga (Rizzoli), “Una squadra” by Domenico Procacci (Fandango), and “Una vita in alto” by Sara Simeoni with Marco Franzelli (Rai libri).

The journey of the six finalists, winners of the Premio Selezione, toward the Bancarella Sport award ceremony will start in the next few days. The first of the two events organised by Panathlon International will be the presentation of the six finalists, in Lucca, on May 15. A second event will take place in Portofino on June 15. The closing ceremony in Pontremoli will also celebrate the second Panathlon Book Prize that, this year, has been awarded to Massimo Calandri, author of the book “Non puoi fidarti di gente così. Storia della squadra di rugby che sfidò l’apartheid” published by Mondadori; on the same occasion, the winner of the nineteenth Bruno Raschi Award will be announced.


Panathlon International – Domenico Chiesa Foundation, in agreement with Fédération Internationale Cinéma Télévision Sportifs (FICTS), has extended the registration deadline for the Video Competition “SPORT, MOUNTAIN & OLYMPISM – SNOW & ICE SPORTS”, in the framework of the «41st SPORT MOVIES & TV – Milano International FICTS Fest», “Shorts” section: the new registration deadline is now 10 September 2023.

Participating is easy: you just need to complete the registration form and send your video via WeTransfer to the address specified in the Competition Rules.

Click here for more details.

We look forward to lots of registrations!




The International Fair Play Committee held its regular Council meeting in Budapest over the weekend on 21-22 April 2023. At the two-day event, participants decided on the winners of the 2022 Fair Play Awards and discussed several other topics.

Great satisfaction in the Panathlon world for the awards attributed by the International Fair Play Committee (CIFP) to the nominations submitted by Panathlon International:

• Jean Borotra Award for career: Diploma to Marco Calamai submitted by Panathlon International Club Bologna 1957;

• Willi Daume Award for promotion: Trophy to Association Stop Racism in Sport and Panathlon Club Wallonie-Bruxelles
Willi Daume Award for promotion: Diploma to the Municipality of Ganshoren and Panathlon Club Wallonie-Bruxelles for the sculpture "Fair Play";

• Jacques Rogge Prize for Youth - Diploma to Edoardo Ferrari submitted by Panathlon International Club Venezia.



Saturday 6 May in Reggio Emilia took place the award ceremony for the winners of the International Photo Contest announced by the "Cultural Foundation Panathlon International - Domenico Chiesa" and by the "Foundation for Sport of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia", with the collaboration of the "Magnani Foundation Palace". After the selection phases, the Jury decreed the following winners among the 30 photographs chosen for the exhibition: 


1st PRIZE: Vittoria SONEGO (ITA)
for "What do you want to be when you grow up".
Plaque and €1500

 2nd PRIZE: Sofia Bravi (ITA)
for "Networks without Borders"
Plaque and 1000 €


3rd PRIZE: Lorenzo Boffa (ITA)
for "Run Boy".
Plaque and 750€

The first prize winner was awarded by the Mayor of the city of Reggio Emilia, Luca Vecchi. The "Panathlon Clubs Prize" was awarded to the photograph "Networks without Borders" by Sofia Bravi, winner of the 2nd prize. The "Public's Prize", awarded by social network preferences, goes to the photograph "Urban Flow" by Argentinean Nicolas Bilikis. Both winners will receive a one-year subscription to one of the most internationally renowned photo magazines.

Finally, the Jury awarded two Honourable Mentions for the photograph "Ilalò by Argentinian Patricio De La Cruz and for "El deporte alegria y companerismo" (Sport joy and companionship) by Mexican Manuel Soria Meraz.


On the same afternoon, the Photographic Exhibition of the 30 finalist photographs was also inaugurated at the University of Modena and Reggio (UNIMORE). Attended by the Municipal Councillor for Sport and Culture of Reggio Emilia Raffaella Curioni, the President of the Foundation for Sport of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia, Mauro Rozzi, the responsible of the OFF circuit of the Foundation Palazzo Magnani Annachiara Rea, the Vice-President of Panathlon International Foundation - Domenico Chiesa, Enrico Prandi - also as President of Panathlon Club Reggio Emilia - and its Secretary, Maurizio Monego, the Secretary General of Panathlon International, Simona Callo and Mrs. Monica Rossi representative of the Secretariat, who assists the D. Chiesa Foundation.

Great satisfaction for the young prizewinners to whom we express our warmest congratulations. With their shots they managed to well interpret the theme of the competition and convey emotions by immortalising dreams, integration and educational values.


The book “Quanti sassi nei miei sandal” (How many stones in my sandals) by Past President Giacomo Santini and published by Vita Trentina, has been admitted among the twenty semi-finalists of the 60th Bancarella Sport Prize. This is the first step in the selection process, which now envisages a further screening to bring the number of finalists up to six, based on the judgement of sports publication editors and experts.

Finally, a popular jury composed of booksellers from all over Italy and Panathlon International members will express their opinion on the six titles selected as equals. It was, in fact, a Tuscan panathlete who proposed, 60 years ago, to include a sports section alongside the traditional 'Bancarella' literary competition that still takes place today in Pontremoli, in the province of Massa and Carrara.

In the square of Pontremoli on 15 July, under the supervision of a notary public, the ballots will be counted to designate the overall winner of this edition and proceed to the award ceremony. 

The trophy, which is very significant, recalls the epic of the itinerant book sellers, a historical tradition of that area.

At the end of the various stages of selection of the works participating in the competition announced by the "Cultural Foundation Panathlon International - Domenico Chiesa" and by the "Foundation for Sport of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia", with the collaboration of the "Palazzo Magnani Foundation" organiser of the European Photo Festival, the Jury has awarded the absolute prizes.

The podium will be formed - in random order - by Silvia Bravi (Italy) for the photograph "Networks without borders", by Vittoria Sonego (Italy) for the photograph "What do you want to be when you grow up" and by Lorenzo Boffa for "Run boy".

The order of the steps on the podium will be announced during the Awards Ceremony of the European Photo Festival OFF Circuit, which will be held in Casotti Square, Reggio Emilia, on Saturday 6 May starting at 6:30 pm. During the ceremony will be made official the name of the winner of the "Audience Award", resulting from the preferences expressed among all the photographs participating in the competition and the Award “Panathlon Clubs" of the world according to the votes sent by the Referents of the accredited clubs. The authors will receive as prize a one-year subscription to a prestigious photography magazine.

Two Honourable Mentions will also be awarded.



The on-line meeting of the P.I. President's Committee was held last April 20. 

Several topics were discussed such as: the need for the adjustment that Panathlon International will have to implement to continue to be part of the Olympic family. Issues related to quality certifications, establishment of an Ethics Commission (to be submitted to the International Board and then to the PI General Assembly) and preparation of a 2023 work plan for PI's cultural and educational projects and activities with KPI - (Key Performance Indicator) presentation will be explored.

Other topics analyzed included: the new association AIOS (Association of International Organizations for sport) formed with former associations recognized by GAISF, the organization of the Pan American Congress in Guayaquil, the project related to the World Fair Play Day, the "Panathlon Award" to be presented during the CSIT World Sport Games 2023 by President Pierre Zappelli. The President informed that he will also be present at important events: the World Kenpo Championships (Lisbon April 26-28) where he will present our Movement, the Strasbourg meeting organized by EPAS.

Other initiatives will be examined during the next President’s Committee scheduled for June 6 and during the International Board on June 15-16 (online meeting).

Great participation and enthusiasm for the Olympic Games Centenary Relay "Between Sport and Culture” that took place in Lausanne last 18th April.
Our International President had the opportunity to present Panathlon International getting a lot of interest from the participants, about our project "Fair Play starts again from the school".
The PI Club Lausanne attended the event, with its President Marc-Henri Clavel, who could present their activities on the territory and in particular the Family Games that will take place in May.


Panathlon International and its Vice President Orietta Maggi together with the PI Club of Livorno will be present during the International Sailing Week Naval Academy - City of Livorno 2023 that will take place at the Naval Academy  from 22 APRIL to 1 MAY 2023.
A significant event, at its 6th edition, in the panorama of national and international regattas.
More than 500 racers are expected to compete in 13 different regatta classes.
There will be 23 international military crews competing in the Naval Academies Regatta from four different continents.


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