Panathlon International

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Panathlon International
Motto ludis iungit
Formation 1951
Type Sports organization
Headquarters Italy Rapallo
Official language
English, French
Switzerland Pierre Zappelli

Panathlon International (PI) is the non-governmental, non-profit-making, non-political association, without gender or racial distinction, of all Panathlon clubs in the world. It is recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and is a member of SportAccord and the International Fair Play Committee (CIFP). It is dealing essentially with culture and ethics in sport. The name is of Greek origin. “Pan” means All and “Athlon” Sport. The motto “ludis iungit” is Latin for “(Panathlon) unites by means of sport”.[1]


The first club was created on 12 June 1951 in Venice to promulgate the sporting ideal and its cultural and moral values as a means towards the development and advancement of the individual and as a vehicle of solidarity between men and peoples. Other clubs were soon formed. Panathlon International was created in 1960 following initiatives by various clubs from different nations. Today Panathlon is present with in 30 countries in 4 continents. The network counts more than 300 clubs in 11 districts. Its current head office is in Rapallo (Italy), and its president is Pierre Zappelli.

Either directly or through its clubs, Panathlon International supports whoever works in the world of sport, promulgates sport inspired by ethics, solidarity and fair play and promotes studies and research on topics concerning sport and its relations with society.


As an independent organization, Panathlon aims at:

  • promoting culture and ethics in sport
  • working together with organizations having the same goals
  • presenting suggestions to handle acute and chronic problems in sport
  • stimulating reflection and discussion on “ethics and integrity” (both values-based and rules-based approach) in modern sport based on scientific research


Panathlon's actions on integrity in sport have been fuelled by the fact that sport is often beset by poor practice, corruption, and harmful behaviours. Sport has to remain credible and must be continuously proactive if it wants to sustain its positive values. Panathlon is therefore considering what should be done to make that the positive potentials of sport can be prevail in the complex commercialized and globalized sporting landscape of the 21st century. Its position is that it would be naïve to think that sport automatically elicits and promotes positive effects and that remaining silent on obvious aberrations would condone complicity.

A modern integrity management framework aims at preventing serious integrity violations on the one hand (rules-based approach), and promoting integrity through stimulating understanding, commitment and capacity for ethical decision making on the other hand (values-based approach). To direct its actions, Panathlon International adopts the “values-based approach” which is about supporting and stimulating (code of ethics) and limits itself to stimulate sport federations and sport authorities to address controlling and sanctioning (code of ethics). The Panathlon Declaration of Ethics in Youth Sports adopted by UNICEF, the IOC, SportAccord, international federations (FIFA, UCI, IAAF, FIBA, FIG and others), organizations (ENGSO, EUPEA and others) as well as National Olympic Committees (Belgium, Netherlands, Uruguay and others) exemplifies this values-based approach.


No. Name Years
1 Fernando Pozzani 1955-1957
2 Aldo Mairano 1957-1968
3 Saverio Giulini 1968-1972
4 Demetrio Balestra 1972-1976
5 Sisto Favre 1976-1977
6 Paolo Cappabianca 1977–1988
7 Antonio Spallino 1988–1996
8 Vittorio Adorni 1996–2004
9 Enrico Prandi 2004-2012
10 Giacomo Santini 2012-2016
11 Pierre Zappelli 2016-

Flambeau d'Or[edit]

The Flambeau d'Or (Golden Torch) is an award that is presented every four years. It aims to reward distinguished international sport personalities. It is awarded in three categories for outstanding achievements in sport promotion, sport culture and organisation.[2]

Past Winners
Year Promotion Culture Organisation
1972 Giulio Onesti Avery Brundage Willi Daume
1976 Marc Hodler Lord Killanin Juan Antonio Samaranch
1980 Mohamed Mzali Nikolaos Nissiotis Beppe Croce
1984 João Havelange Franco Carraro Mario Vazquez Rana
1988 Un Yong Kim Giulio Andreotti Anselmo Lopez
1992 Jacques Rogge Raymond Gafner Pasqual Maragall y Mira
1996 Pelé Hans Erni Gerhard Heiberg
2000 Albert II, Prince of Monaco He Zhenliang Michael Knight
2004 Sergey Bubka[3] Bruno Grandi[4] Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki
2008 Oscar Pistorius Gudrun Doll-Tepper[5] Hein Verbruggen


  1. ^ IOC recognized organisations
  2. ^ "Flambeau d'Or". 
  3. ^ "Sergiy Bubka receives "Golden Torch 2005" international prize". 
  4. ^ "Biography" (PDF). 
  5. ^ "Professor Gudrun Doll-Tepper Honored with Two International Awards". 

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