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Mr Joseph S. BLATTER

Mr Joseph S. BLATTER

Entry in the IOC 1999
Country SUI (Switzerland)
Born 10 March 1936
Bachelor of Business Administration and Economics, Lausanne University (Faculty of Law), 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 International Association Football Federation (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 Football Association (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)