The absence of a women’s team in the professional circuit promoted by the International Federation (FIP) continues to be the uncomfortable question that its leaders must face in each tournament.
In the last event held in Paris, some of the main sports titles on the planet questioned President Luigi Carraro again for the non-presence of women in any of the three Premier Padel events held so far. To this end, the manager admitted to the Argentine newspaper ‘Olé’, having held “important” and “concrete” meetings with the Players Association.
Beyond the incitement to unilaterally break a contract in force and the consequences of this fact, there are at least two other fronts that continue to distance players from the Premier Padel circuit, financed for the next 25 years by the Qatar Sports fund Investments chaired by the controversial Nasser al-Khelaïfi.
Unlike other competitions, the difficulties recognized by the FIP president himself to achieve salary parity in all Premier Padel tournaments will mean unequal treatment towards the players.
“They have been more prudent, they have their commitments and they evaluate them,” said Carraro himself on ‘AS’. In this last interview, the Italian did not hide his intention to have the best paddlers in the world this season, despite the fact that the contracts with the World Padel Tour to which the FIP president refers do not expire until December 31 of 2023. “We are holding talks so that they are as soon as possible,” he said.
“We have to be realistic. At present, it is difficult to achieve it (salary parity) everywhere”, the Italian admitted from the Doha Major before assuring that “Qatar has a huge interest in women” and that “in this tournament they are they offered the same prizes.”
On the other hand, the designation of Qatar as the host of the FIP World Cup continues despite the fact that the local federation chaired by Al-Khelaïfi has decided to exclude its women’s team from the table, as it did in the last edition held in November 2021, precisely on Qatari soil.
This discriminatory fact and the silence of the International Federation chaired by Carraro should be weighty arguments for professional paddlers. An association, within which the repeated violations of the rights of the LGTBIQ + community by the same regime that is now trying to seduce them are also experienced with concern, according to comments from the entity.