Interview with Luigi Carraro, President of the International Federation of Padel
Is the FIP working on the OJ file?
My program as a candidate to become President of the FIP was to integrate padel into the Olympic Games. Today, the member nations of the International Federation of Padel elected me. And this subject is one of the priorities of the International Federation. We believe in it because this sport lives on for hours that it had never lived before.
For the Olympics of 2020 in Tokyo, it was possible?
For the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, we could not reasonably propose the padel to the OG committees because the international paddle authorities were not ready, even if work had been done in this direction.
I remind you that I was appointed to my post at the end of 2018 and that the IOC issued its verdict in December 2018.
However, given the evolution of the padel and its internalisation, a very important concept for the IOC, the Paris Olympics seem to come at the right time.
For Paris is an ambition that seems much more achievable and that is the goal of the FIP.
Franck Binisti discovers the padel at the Pyramid Club in 2009 in the Paris region. Since then padel is part of his life. You often see him touring France by going to cover the big French paddle events.