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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 S.A. and delegate for Swiss Timing (1968-1975); Director of the Techinical Department (1975-1981), Secretary General (1981-1998), then President (1998-) of the International Association Football Federation (FIFA)

Sports practised
Football, athletics, tennis

Sports administration
Active footballer, top division of the Swiss amateur league (1948-1971); Member of the Panathlon Club (society of sports managers); Member of the Swiss Association of Sportswriters (1956-); Honorary Member of the International Sports Press Association (AIPS); IOC Representative on 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 numerous associations and football clubs; Distinctions and decorations from several countries including: Knighthood (with the title of Dato) from the Sultanate of Pahang, Malaysia; Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun, Japan; Supreme Companion of "Tambo", South Africa; Grand Cross of the Federal Republic of Germany; Knight of the French Legion of Honour; Grand Decoration for Services to the Republic of Austria in Silver; "American Global Award for Peace"; Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. at several universities

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)