Board of Director’s statement

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We regret to note that, in a moment packed with appointments, while we are devoting our best energies to the growth of our sport, some members of the Padel family are dedicating all their efforts to useless and unmeritorious controversies.

The Board of Directors of the FIP has unanimously decided not to entertain itself with this sterile exercise and continue its activity in the sole and exclusive interest of Padel and its continuous development. Many of the goals we had set for ourselves have been achieved; other important results will be communicated shortly.

We hope that all personalism ceases as soon as possible so that we can dedicate ourselves together to the common interest. At the moment, all our attention is focused on the young athletes who, in a few days, will shine our sport by participating in an extraordinary competition, which will represent for them an essential moment of sporting and personal growth.

Lausanne, September 27, 2019

The Board of Directors of the FIP

Official statement Junior World Championship 2019

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In response to requests for clarification submitted by a number of FIP members regarding the award and conduct of the Junior World Championship scheduled to be held in Benicasim and Castellon, Spain, from 12 to 20 October 2019, lest anyone be misled by the misrepresentative news circulated in this regard, the following factual information is provided below:

– The organization of the Junior World Championship was assigned to the Portuguese Padel Federation by resolution of the FIP passed at the Annual General Assembly held in Malaga on October 12, 2017;

– This award was confirmed at the Annual General Assembly held in Asunción on November 2, 2018;

– On 18 December 2018 — just ten months ahead of the previously scheduled world event — the President of the Portuguese Padel Federation waived the organisation of the aforesaid event without giving any prior notice;

– It was, therefore, necessary to ask affiliated federations to solve the problem caused by the sudden resignation of the Portuguese Padel Federation: for this purpose, by email sent by FIP dated December 24, 2018, all the affiliated federations were invited to submit new applications for the organization of the Junior World Championships, 2019;

– Unfortunately, as all members know, the FIP did not receive any requests at the end of the deadline set for sending applications on January 18, 2019.

– In a statement dated February 6, 2019, in which the unsuccessful result of the tender was indicated, the FIP announced that it would insist on finding a solution that would allow the celebration of the Junior World Championships.

– Immediately after, the FIP received the candidacy of the Federacion de Padel de la Comunidad de Valencia (Regional Federation integrated into the Spanish Padel Federation);

– Thereupon, as has been the case in previous FIP’s tournaments, on 2 April 2019 the Board of Directors of the FIP— having previously obtained the express approval of the Spanish Padel Federation (as formally expressed in a letter dated 21 February 2019 signed by its President, Mr Alfredo Garbisu Elzaurdy) — in the exercise of its powers and its institutional duties, unanimously awarded the organisation of the competition to the Federacion de Padel de la Comunidad de Valencia;

– This was officially announced on 8 April 2019, without any objections being raised by any member Federation in any respect;

– On the contrary, expressions of appreciation for the solution found by the FIP were aplenty, inasmuch as a solution had been found in a very short period of time to remedy an unfortunate turn of events which were jeopardising the conduct of a competition considered to be crucial for the development of our sport at the youth level.

Having clarified the situation from a factual perspective — and with reference being made to the rules governing the running of the FIP, which rules were recently reported to have been allegedly violated — it should be noted that in the period between the General Meetings (Article 20.2 of the By-laws) the Board has the power to adopt, by way of derogation from its ordinary powers, such measures as may be deemed necessary to ensure the smooth running of the Federation’s activities, including the conduct of international competitions. A similar power is attributed to the President of the FIP pursuant to Article 18.5(iii) of the aforesaid By-laws.

Therefore, (i) in compliance with the statutory rules, (ii) in the pursuit of its institutional aims and (iii) in the light of the exceptional situation arisen from the Portuguese Padel Federation’s waiver of the organisation of the Junior World Championships, the Board awarded the organisation of this event to the Federacion de padel de la Comunidad de Valencia. Moreover, this was done in compliance with the rules in force and subject to the prior approval of the Spanish Padel Federation.

The measure adopted by the Board will be submitted to the General Meeting for ratification on the occasion of its meeting scheduled to take place in Benicasim, Spain on 18 October 2019, as all the recipients hereof may see under point 10 of the relevant Agenda.

In the light of the foregoing, it is surprising that alleged doubts about the legitimacy of the work carried out by the FIP are speciously raised just two weeks before the start of the Junior World Championships with the ill‐concealed intention to boycott its conduct, and it is just as surprising that some of these doubts are raised by individuals who actively took part in the award process, such as the President of the Spanish Padel Federation.

Therefore, all member Federations are urged to commit to the success of the event with a view to ensuring the maximum spreading of Padel and the rise of new champions: the achievement of these objectives shall indeed help to overcome any misunderstandings and do away with any fruitless pursuit of personal interest.

Finally, and based on the above, the Board of Directors of the FIP reaffirms the celebration of the XII Junior World Championship, to be held, from 12 to 19 October 2019, in the cities of Benicasim and Castellon, Spain.

The international padel federation and bullpadel reached an agreement of sponsorship

Bullpadel and the IPF have reached a sponsorship agreement consisting of the official ball and clothing of the IPF. The agreement will be valid for two seasons, concluding at the end of next 2020.

As a result of the agreement, Bullpadel will have a presence in all IPF Circuit tournaments, including the World Junior Championships to be held in Castellon from October 11 to 20, the European Padel Championship in Rome from November 4 to 11, both in 2019 and the remaining international IPF tournaments including the absolute and veteran World Championships 2020

The Spanish brand that has seen how its work has made it a reference in the Padel industry, committed to the growth and momentum of the new era of the IPF with which it is expected that our sport will continue to increase in the number of countries and players and become an Olympic sport.

When signing, Luigi Carraro, president of the IPF, wanted to emphasize: “Happy that Bullpadel accompanies the growth of the international padel, we have started a new era that will take us, along with our sponsors, to be one of the most important sports of the world”.

ONE MORE STEP… A BIG STEP…

We have the privilege and pleasure of sharing with all of you the correspondence just received by the President of GAISF, Dr. Raffaele Chiulli.

GAISF is the Global Association of International Sports Federations.

Founded in 1967, recognized by the International Olympic Committee, GAISF is a key pillar of the wider sports movement and acts as the voice for its 125 Members, Associate Observers Members.

We are happy that the steps taken so far towards the GAISF are seen in the right direction.  This confirms that the pathway followed so far by the International Padel Federation is the right one.

Of course, there is still a way to go, but we are confident that with the spirit of unity we can achieve the mission of making our sport as Olympic.

THE DREAM IS BECOMING REALITY

Another wonderful news for our sport:

A delegation of European Olympic Committees will be present during the XI European Padel Championships in Rome to closely observe our sport for future entry into the European Games 2023 program.

During the visit, the Organizing Committee of Krakow 2023 will also be present for an operational meeting.

From here I would like to make a common-sense appeal and show strength and union before this important visit. Padel deserves the best and we can only achieve it together.

We will continue to work hard as we did during this period to make the Padel Olympic.

Official Letter European Olympic Committees

Agreement sky group – international padel federation

The SKY group, the leader in the telecommunications sector in Europe with more than 25 million clients, due to an agreement with the International Padel Federation, has decided to broadcast the XI European Padel Championship on the SKY SPORT channel during the week of November 4-11 in Rome.

This agreement is a milestone in the world of Padel, never before an international channel had put the matches live in a championship of such importance.

More than 25 million of clients will enjoy the show and the entire competition through this giant of the Television.

It’s good news for the whole Padel world, especially for the Federations that will have the opportunity to best promote their activities with the sponsors and investors.

This achievement is also great for the players. They will have the chance to be on the tv for a whole week in all Europe where they will show their sports skills on the court to the public and becoming more popular in their own countries and all over the world. This will be a huge benefit for all the padel lovers who have never had the chance to watch it live.

The International Padel Federation hopes this can help them to get more sources to keep practicing Padel.