The Olympic Family welcomes our sport along with the new Presidency

It has been a quite busy start for our new president having had important meetings on his first days of mandate.

Luigi Carraro, recently elected as FIP President, takes the first steps to approach our sport to the Olympic Movement already. Surrounded by public personalities and institutions that represent the sport on the top level, Carraro has been welcomed by the Italian Olympic Committee as well as by the International Olympic Committee earlier this week.

Both Olympic sports institutions gave a warm welcome to Carraro and they congratulated him for his new position. They also showed their interest in padel as a possible key sport in the near future.

Last Monday, 5th of November, Carraro was invited to the Italian Olympic Committee to be publicly recognised and congratulated as FIP president. He was welcomed by Giangranco Nirdaci, President of the Italian Padel Committee, Giovanni Malago, CONI President and Carlo Mornati, CONI General Secretary.

(L-R): Giovanni Malago, CONI President; Luigi Carraro, FIP President; Giangranco Nirdaci, President of the Italian Padel Committee and Carlo Mornati, CONI General Secretary

Some days later, Thursday 8th of November, Carraro met the IOC President, Thomas Bach, in Rome. Given the support shown by the Olympic Movement, Carraro is very optimistic and he is glad to have such a successful start as President.

(L-R) Luigi Carraro, FIP President with Thomas Bach, IOC President

The main representative leaders in sports and Olimpism have been introduced to padel these days. We hope that this can be the beginning of the inclusion of padel into the Olympic family anytime soon.




FIP in mourning for the loss of Gonzalo Salías

FIP learnt with great sadness about the passing of Gonzalo Salías, a young and talented padel player from Argentina.

That is the reason why FIP President, Mr Luigi Carraro, together with all the representing members of the International Federation, we would like to manifest our sadness and express that our thoughts are with him and his family and friends.

In this moment of grief, the FIP family addresses its heartfelt condolences to Gonzalo Salías’ family and friends, as well as to the entire Argentinian Padel community.


Italy’s Luigi Carraro, new FIP president

Italy’s Luigi Carraro is the new president of the International Padel Federation. Carraro has been elected in the General Assembly that FIP organises annually. In this occasion, the General Assembly took part in Asunción, Paraguay, on Friday the 2nd of November and twenty-five National Federations took part in it.

Luigi Carraro was the elected president over the other candidate, Ricardo Da Silva Oliveira who is the current president of the Portuguese Federation, and taking into account the resignation that the previous FIP’s President, Daniel Patti, had already presented at the beginning of the Assembly.

The Assembly was held in parallel with the World Championships in Paraguay and some other important sports and institutional related matters were discussed and approved. For instance, new National Federations were approved to be taking part of the International Federation such as: Senegal, Iran, Thailand and Hungary.