Paolo Barelli

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Paolo Barelli is an Italian Senator and president of the Italian Swimming Federation, in his youth Barelli was a world class swimmer. On July 24, 2009, he was named Honorary Secretary of FINA for the 2009-2013 term.[1]


Paolo Barelli was born in Rome on the 7 June 1954, was an Olympic Swimmer for Italy, an entrepreneur and a politician for the Forza Italia party.


Paolo Barelli
Personal information
Nationality  Italy
Born (1954-06-07) June 7, 1954 (age 60)
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Sport Swimming

Barelli broke 23 times the Italian Record in many distances, namely 100m butterfly and relays.[2]

He swam for Italy at the 1972 and 1976 Summer Olympics.[3][4]

In 1975 he won the 100m butterfly at the 1975 Mediterranean Games (58.10).[5]

In '76 Olympics in Montreal, he reached the Olympic final with the 4x200m Freestyle Relay (7th) and the 4x100m Medley Relay (8th).[3]

He was elected president of the Italian Swimming Federation in 2000; he is the first high-level swimmer to cover this position.[6]


He entered politics with the Silvio Berlusconi's party Forza Italia, was elected to the Italian Senate in 2001[7] and reelected in 2006.[8]


  1. ^ FINA General Congress release, published 2009-07-24, on the 2009 FINA General Congress held in Rome, Italy. Retrieved 2009-07-24.
  2. ^ "" Paolo Barelli,
  3. ^ a b "Olympic Reports" Munich 1972 Official Repors,
  4. ^ Barelli's entry from; retrieved 2009-07-24.
  5. ^ "" 100m butterfly - Algiers 1975,
  6. ^ "Italian Swimming Federation" Paolo Barelli,
  7. ^ "Italian Senate" Paolo Barelli - 14th Legislature,
  8. ^ "Italian Senate" Paolo Barelli - 15th Legislature,