| Share
 

Juan Antonio Samaranch

Samaranch, Juan Antonio (Juan Antonio Samaranch Torello, marqués de Samaranch), 1920–2010, Spanish Olympic official. He was a businessman, an elected public official, and served (1977–80) as Spanish ambassador to the USSR. In 1954 he joined the Spanish Olympic committee, became (1966) a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and was IOC president from 1980 to 2001. During his tenure the commercial profitability of the Olympics increased enormously, largely due to the television revenues, corporate sponsorships, and licensing agreements he helped to arrange, and he oversaw such reforms as the admission of professional athletes and the encouragement of women's participation in all games and fought sports apartheid. His presidency was also marked by scandal, including the use of performance-enhancing drugs by athletes and corruption among IOC members in the selection of host cities.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

More on Juan Antonio Samaranch from Infoplease:

  • Olympic Reforms - Olympic Reforms The IOC makes revisions in response to bribery scandal by John Gettings Fireworks ...
  • Juan Antonio Samaranch - Biography of Juan Antonio Samaranch, Juan Antonio Samaranch, the Marquis de Samaranch, was a businessman, an elected public official, and served as Spanish ambassador to the Sov…
  • Juan Antonio Samaranch - Juan Antonio Samaranch Born: July 17, 1920 president of International Olympic Committee (1980-2001) ...
  • Primo Nebiolo - Primo Nebiolo Age: 76 president of the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) since 1981; ...
  • Lord Killanin - Lord Killanin Age: 84 sixth president of the International Olympic Committee who guided the ...

See more Encyclopedia articles on: Sports: Biographies


Premium Partner Content
HighBeam Research
Documents Images and Maps Reference
(from Newspapers, Magazines, Journals, Newswires, Transcripts and Books)

Research our extensive archive of more than 80 million articles from 6,500 publications.

Additional search results provided by HighBeam Research, LLC. © Copyright 2005. All rights reserved.

24 X 7

Private Tutor

Click Here for Details
24 x 7 Tutor Availability
Unlimited Online Tutoring
1-on-1 Tutoring