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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 apartheidapartheid
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. 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.
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A massive super stadium was planned for the NEC, and Juan Antonio Samaranch, president of the International Olympic Committee eventually came to Birmingham, with the Post's archive pictures showing him looking over a model of the city's exciting plans for the future.
A massive super stadium was planned for the NEC, and Juan Antonio Samaranch, President of the International Olympic Committee, eventually came to Birmingham, with the Mail's archive pictures showing him looking over a model of Birmingham's exciting plans for the future.
The OCA President said that the late Juan Antonio Samaranch, in his role as President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), had laid the foundations for this career transition by encouraging athletes to participate in the decisions of the Olympic movement.
Under Juan Antonio Samaranch, the Olympic movement faced similar accusations and used the crisis as an opportunity to reform.
The 71-year-old Belgian - who was elected in Moscow in 2001 to replace long-time IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch - added he would not be feeling nostalgic when he hands over to his successor after the presidential election on September 10 in Buenos Aires.
The IOC Archives and Olympic Museum was founded in Lausanne, Switzerland, by by the former president of the International Olympic Committee, Juan Antonio Samaranch.
Modern pentathlon's survival on Tuesday is a major coup for Juan Antonio Samaranch Junior, vice-president of the sport's governing body and a member of the IOC executive board, who is also a prominent member of Madrid's 2020 bid.
International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch presented Redgrave with a gold Olympic pin during the medal presentation ceremony to commemorate the Briton winning golds at five successive Olympic Games.
South Korean President Lee Myung Bak on Thursday sent a condolatory message to the family of Juan Antonio Samaranch, the former president of the International Olympic Committee who died Wednesday at the age of 89.
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IT was touching of UEFA to hold a minute's silence before Thursday's Europa League semis, marking the death of Olympics boss Juan Antonio Samaranch.
Summary: Sebastian Coe has led the tributes to former IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch, who has died aged 89.