Paolo Barelli

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Paolo Barelli
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Personal information
Nationality Italian
Born (1954-06-07) June 7, 1954 (age 63)
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Sport Swimming

Paolo Barelli is an Italian Senator and president of the Italian Swimming Federation, and a former swimmer. On July 24, 2009, he was named Honorary Secretary of FINA for the 2009-2013 term.[1] In October 2012 Barelli was elected president of LEN.


Paolo Barelli was born in Rome.

Barelli broke 23 times the Italian record in several distances, including the 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 the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, he reached the Olympic final with the 4 × 200 m Freestyle Relay (7th) and the 4 × 100 m 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]

Barelli 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,