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.

Interview from Padel Spain to Luigi Carraro

A few weeks ago, Luigi Carraro, had the opportunity to sit down with our friends from Padel Spain.

They took the time to talk about many things in an extensive interview divided into two parts;

In the first part, the new FIP team, the FIP Tour and the new ranking system with the WPT were explained:

http://www.padelspain.net/padel-internacional/14539/Luigi-Carraro- president-FIP-Nuestro-gran-objetivo-es-trabajar-todos-unidos-para-que-el-padel-sea-olimpico

In the second part he wanted to explain more important issues such as the Olympic Padel, the situation with the European Championship and the different relations with the institutions, leaving an open door for the union and the intentions of the FIP to work together in the same direction for padel growth:

http://www.padelspain.net/entrevistas/14581/Luigi-Carraro- president-FIP-Al-padel-no-le-falta-nada-para-ser-olimpico-tengo-mucha-confianza-en-conseguirlo

From the FIP we want to thank Álvaro López for the interview and Padel Spain for sending the message to more padel fans.

Countdown for the XI European Padel Championship

The kick-off for the eleventh edition of the European Padel Championship took place yesterday with the official invitation to European member countries.

The event will be held in Rome from November 4 to 9 at the BOLA PADEL CLUB facilities. The Italian Federation is already working to make the Championship one of the most important events of 2019 and will serve as an example of the new era promoted in the International Federation. On this occasion, the President himself personally sent a letter to all European members (see Letter invitation European Championship by Luigi Carraro) in a gesture of unity and commitment to the padel in the old continent.

The information prior to the championship is summarized in the Circular informativa n°1 Europeo 2019

From the FIP, we are sure that the tournament will be a great event and that players and federations will enjoy the competition to the fullest.

Great news for Padel in Europe

A great event took place today and is very relevant for the Padel in Europe and represents at the same time a boost for the Padel worldwide.

Today, our President Luigi Carraro had a meeting with Mr. Raffaele Pagnozzi, Secretary General of the COE-European Olympic Committee and Raffaele Chiulli, President of the GAISF, which is a great support for the FIP, to present an official candidacy so that the Padel is included as a sport in the next European Olympic Games to be held in 2023, Krakow, Poland.

These Regional Olympic Games will be organized for the third time, after the editions of Baku in 2015 and Minsk in 2019. The previous regional games had a total of 50 participating countries and more than 4000 athletes.

The COE reacted very positively to the proposal, and in the coming weeks, the operational meetings between the FIP and the COE will begin to carry out the objective of including the Padel in said games.

This announcement represents great news for our sport, in particular in the European continent, since these Regional games are the antechamber of the Olympic Games. Since the beginning of the presidency of Luigi Carraro, one of the objectives set is to take the Padel to the highest sports category such as being in the Olympic Games. This meeting is a huge step to reach that goal.

We continue working to keep the padel growing and reach more countries, create more players and be represented in the highest bodies.

Official announcement of the XI European Padel Championship

The attention of the world of sports has been caught by the growth of Padel, with special focus throughout the Olympic movement. The latter has been providing special attention to the development that our sport is having. We are now reaching a crucial stage in which we shall demonstrate to the entire world our organizational skills, allowing us to get closer to our dream of having padel included in the Olympic movement.

 

In this respect, we remind you that the FIP, Padel’s highest authority in the entire world, is the only entity recognized by the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), – which is the is the association constituted by the international sports federations and the entity that recognizes the international federations responsible for the development of each sport that serves as an antechamber to the Olympic movement -, as the entity responsible for the organization of padel worldwide.

 

As predicted in the FIP Statutes, only the FIP is entitled to organize international padel championships or events, both at continental and world level. In other words, the FIP is today the one entitled to organize or to assign the organization of any championships that award the title of world champion or continental champion.

 

In this regard, it must be highlighted that any championship or event not included in the FIP calendar and not recognized by the FIP, shall be considered as a private event and any title awarded therein is not official and therefore not recognized by the different sectors of sports worldwide.

 

As it has been announced earlier, the official XI European Padel Championship will be played from 3 to 9 November 2019.

 

As such, it is a pleasure to inform you that the organization of the eleventh edition of the European Padel Championship has been assigned by the FIP’s board to the Italian Federation, and will be held in Italy.

 

Any other padel championship scheduled or publicized for that week does not have FIP’s support or recognition, having to be considered a private event without the entitlement to award any official title. The European padel federations, members of the IPF, as a consequence of its affiliation to the said organization, they have the implicit commitment to participate and respect the official competitions owned or organized by the FIP.

 

We are confident that the upcoming XI European Padel Championship will be a great event, organized by following the highest international sporting standards, with great diffusion throughout all media, and involving the entire international sports community.

 

We rely on all our member associations to the realization of a great European championship!

 

Finally, we call for the unity of our sport for the new and primal era that we are living, for which we are working all united, to make padel stronger, independent and “Olympic”.

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