Spanish campaign to make padel Olympic sport in Paris Games


PADEL pioneer Ramón Morcillo has pledged to work in the direction of its inclusion within the Olympic Video games in Paris. 

The President of the Spanish Padel Federation stated: “In Spain, paddle tennis has an amazing presence, however the Olympic constitution features a collection of necessities that require a minimal of 75 international locations the place it’s practiced within the case of males’s sport and 40 within the case of girls’s sport.

“Presently, the Worldwide Federation has round 50 members however, though paddle tennis is practiced in additional than 75 international locations, we nonetheless shouldn’t have that energy to have the ability to be an Olympic sport.” 

However Morcillo is striving to vary all that by encouraging extra folks to take up the game.

He emphasised the significance of the racket sport, which originated from Mexico, as a result of it required ‘agility, endurance, velocity and requires psychological energy’.

He added that information of tennis was not essential to check out the game. 

“There are individuals who haven’t performed tennis and are very nice gamers,” he stated. “Taking part in tennis provides you the convenience of coordination but in addition it provides sure problems.” 

Padel was invented in Estipac, a city close to Guadalajara, Mexico within the late Sixties.  A rich sports activities fanatic Enrique Corcuer initially got down to construct a tennis courtroom inside his homeBut the cramped measurements of his home meant the courtroom needed to be stuffed inside  3-4 metre excessive partitions and measured simply 10 by 20 metres in measurement. 

Undeterred, Enrique invited his wealthy friends round to play a fast-paced recreation he known as Paddle Corcuera and shortly the entire Mexican elite had been batting away with shorter, stringless rackets and smacking tennis balls that ricocheted off the partitions. 

One of many aforementioned pals was bohemian aristocrat Alfonso De Hohenlohe, Marbella’s ‘father determine’ who based the Marbella membership in 1954 as a personal residence and assembly place for the grand households of Europe and the celebs whom he rubbed shoulders inside Hollywood. 

Alfonso shortly fell in love with the quirky sport and determined to introduce the sport to Spain by constructing Europe’s first padel membership in 1974, even including a number of modifications to the sport to make it much more aggressive. 

Quickly even the Spanish royal Juan Carlos was bouncing off the partitions and the King’s new pastime shortly caught the eye of the general public. 

As soon as ex-Wimbledon champion Manolo Santana began taking part in too, the game soared in recognition and the following 25 years noticed an eruption of courts throughout Spain. 

Right this moment padel is a €500m trade, performed by a whopping ten million folks – dwarfing tennis which, by comparability, solely round 200,000 who actively play tennis worldwide.


The historical past of padel

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