Remember: The European Championships padel 2023 was this year... Where did they go?

As is often the case with the International Federation of Padel, we have the right to total non-communication when it suits us. As proof, once again, its absence from a very important competition which interests fans, players and the European countries members of the FIP: the European Championships padel in 2023. .

His policy is that of burying his head in the sand. We wanted to ask him the question, to interview him regarding this question: in vain. The FIP no longer even responds to requests.

A clearly embarrassing question that she tries to brush under the rug. Damage.

According to our sources, these European Championships were to take place in Sardinia last November. But for organizational reasons, the FIP has decided to postpone these European Championships. But no official announcement, we have also asked the question to players and federations, all of whom denounce the lack of communication from the FIP and this “surprising way of burying their heads in the sand”. Often looped words that we hear almost everywhere in Europe.

It could ultimately be that the 2023 European Championships will take place in 2024... March would be the month chosen for this competition. But there too, it remains only noise. To the point that the question arises: will the 2023 European Championships take place?

What is surprising is that 2023 will have been a fantastic vintage, a year of transition too, these European championships of padel seemed like a perfect transition before the new adventure under the era “Premier Padel".

We also questioned Eric Largeron, the elected official in charge of padel for the FFT. And far from shying away, he explains his intuition very clearly to us, even if he also notes the total absence of information on this subject from the FIP:

“It's just a personal opinion, I hope I'm wrong, but I'm not sure that there will be any (European Championships) in 2024. No concrete element, but organize Europe and the World the same year, it’s true that it’s not necessarily obvious. So, we’ll see.”

“And then, we remember that we are lucky to be in a federation, I put in quotation marks, but we must recognize it, with “a lot of resources”. There are foreign federations, and we saw it again during the last world championships last year in Doha, which send not entire teams, but sometimes fragmented ones, with no captain. Instead of having a replacement pair, there is none. Sometimes, it is up to the players to pay for the trip, so this still means that we still remain in an environment where inevitably there are federations which are more or less strong, more or less rich, and asking, requiring the federations to send players the same year to the European and World Championships, that’s a lot!”

Franck Binisti

Franck Binisti discovers the padel at the Club des Pyramides in 2009 in the Paris region. Since padel is part of his life. You often see him touring France going to cover the major events of padel French.