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Entry in the IOC 1998
Country POL (Poland)
Born 24 May 1946
Degree in Economics, University of Warsaw (Poland)

Sports practised
Athletics, running

Sports career
Participated in five editions of the Games of the Olympiad: XVIII Olympiad in 1964 in Tokyo (4 x 100m gold medal, 200m silver medal, long jump silver medal), XIX Olympiad in 1968 in Mexico City (200m gold medal, 100m bronze medal), XX Olympiad in 1972 in Munich (200m bronze medal), XXI Olympiad in 1976 in Montreal (400m gold medal); XXII Olympiad in 1980 in Moscow; 10-times world record holder in 100m, 200m, 400m; 10 medals (5 gold, 1 silver, 4 bronze) in European Championships (1966, 1971, 1974, 1978); 26-times Polish champion (100m, 200m, 400m, long jump); Athlete of the Year in Poland (1965, 1966, 1974, 1976); Athlete of the XX Century in Poland

Sports administration
Vice-President of the Poland National Olympic Committee (1988-); Vice-President of the Polish Olympian Association (1995-); President (1997-2009) then Honorary President (2009-) of the Polish Athletic Association; President (1994-2002) then Honorary President (2002-) of the Polish Women’s Sport Association; Vice-President (1995-1999) then Executive Board Member (1999-2003) of the World Olympians’ Association (WOA); Council Member (1995-2007) then Honorary Member (2007-) of the European Athletics Association; Member of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) Women’s Committee (1984-2007); President of Irena Szewinska’s Foundation “Vita Activa” (1998-2010); Member of the European Union Commission at the European Olympic Committees (EOC) (2005-2009)

Awards and distinctions
Grand Prix of French Sports Academy (1975); Doctor honoris causa of the Academy of Physical Education and Sport, Gdansk (Poland) (2007)

IOC History
Member of the following Commissions: Coordination for the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in 2004 in Athens (1998-2004), Sport for All (1999-2015), “IOC 2000” (1999), Coordination for the Games of the XXX Olympiad in 2012 in London (2005-2012), Radio and Television (2012-2014), Coordination for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in 2020 in Tokyo (2014-), Women and Sport (2014-2015), Women in Sport (2015-), Sport and Active Society (2015-); Member of the International Olympic Truce Foundation (2005-)