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Mr Joseph S. BLATTER

Mr Joseph S. BLATTER

Entry in the IOC 1999
Country SUI (Switzerland)
Born 10 March 1936
Lausanne University (Faculty of Law): Bachelor of Business Administration and Economics
Diploma in Public Relations

Journalist; Head of public relations for tourism in the canton of Valais (Switzerland) (1959–1964); Secretary General of the Swiss Ice Hockey Federation (1964-1966); Director of Sports Timing and of Public Relations for Longines SA, and delegate for Swiss Timing (1968-1975); Director of the Techinical Department (1975-1981), Secretary General (1981-1998), then President of the FIFA (1998-)

Sports practised
Football, athletics, tennis

Sports administration
Active footballer, top division of Swiss amateur league (1948-1971); member of the Panathlon Club (society of sports managers); member of the Swiss Association of Sportswriters (1956-); member of the Foundation Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (2007-); honorary member of the Swiss Olympic Association (2008)

Awards and distinctions
Order of Olympic Merit; Honorary member of the Swiss Football Association; Numerous awards from clubs, national associations and confederations; Knighthood (with the title of Dato') from the Sultanate of Pahang, Malaysia; Order of Good Hope, South Africa; Order of Independence (1st class), Jordan; “Medalla al Mérito Deportivo”, Bolivia; “Grand Cordon de l'Ordre de la République Tunisienne”, Tunisia; "International Humanitarian of the Year" as well as the "Golden Charter of Peace and Humanitarianism" from the International Humanitarian League for Peace and Tolerance; American Global Award for Peace (2003); Grand Officer of Wissam Al Arch, Morocco (2004); UEFA Order of Merit in Diamond (2004); Award of Merit, Yemen (2004); Knight of the French Legion of Honour (2004); Supreme companion of Tambo, South Africa (2005); “Ordre de la Médaille de la Reconnaissance” Commander Grade, Central African Republic (2005); Order of the Two Niles, Sudan (2005); “Commandeur de L'Ordre National du 27 Juin 1977”, Djibouti (2005); Honorary Doctor of Arts, De Montfort University, Leicester (2005); Doctorate in Philosophy from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth (2006); Grand Cross of Germany (2006);
Honorary Citizenship in Visp , hometown, Switzerland (2006); Honorary member of Real Madrid (2006); Recipient of the "Tenth Anniversary Soccerex Merit Award" (2006); AFC Diamond of Asia Award (2006); Prince Yaroslav the Wise Order V grade, Ukraine (2007); Order of “Dustlik” (Friendship), Uzbekistan (2007); “Danaker”, Kyrgyzstan (2007); Crown of Peace, India (2007); Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa of the International Univerity in Geneva, Switzerland (2007); Order of Francisco de Miranda - First Class, Palace Miraflores, Venezuela (2007); Honor Diploma from Ilham Aliyev, Azerbaijan (2007); Docteur Honoris Causa of the Azerbaijan State Academy of physical culture and sport, Azerbaijan; Honorary Doctoral Degree of Business Administration in Sport Management, Bangkok; Honorary Citizen by Governor of Bangkok Apirak Kosayothin; Bahrain Medal of the First Degree; Honorary Membership of Swiss Olympic Association; Best World Sports award from the Graduate School of Business Administration of Zurich, Switzerland (2008); The "Wissam Al-Qods (Order Jerusalem)" distinction, Palestine (2008); Davos Crystal, Switzerland (2008); "Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun", Japan (2009); 'Dostik' Order Kazakhstan (2009); "Dove of Geneva" (2010); "Golden Key recognition" trophy, South Africa (2010); German FA (DFB) Honorary Member (2010); Order of Merit for Sports, Republic of Korea (2010); Necklace of Honour from the Ecuadorian Football Federation (2010); Doctor of Science honoris causa from the University of Benin, Nigeria (2011); Honorary Citizen of the Republic of Timor-Leste (2011); Dato’ Sri – First Class Grand Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of the Sri Sultan Ahmad Shah Pahang, Malaysia (2011); Honorary Citizen of Guatemala City (2011); Honorary Citizen of Managua, Nicaragua (2011)

IOC History
Elected as President of an International Federation; Member of the following Commissions: Olympic Movement (1991-1999), "IOC 2000" (1999), "IOC 2000" Reform follow-up (2002), 2009 Congress (2006-2009)