Education

Graduated from the Kiev State Institute of Physical Culture (1987); doctor of pedagogy

Career

Member of the Ukrainian Parliament and its “Committee for Youth, Culture and Sport and Tourism” (2002-2006); Member of Cabinet of Ministers in Ukraine as Chief Advisor to Prime Minister on sports (2002-2005); Advisor to the President of Ukraine (2010-); Member of Humanitarian Council of the President of Ukraine

Sports practiced

Athletics (pole vault)

Sports career

Participated in four editions of the Games of the Olympiad: XXIV Olympiad in Seoul in 1988 (gold medal), XXV Olympiad in Barcelona in 1992, XXVI Olympiad in Atlanta in 1996; XXVII Olympiad in Sydney in 2000; Six-time World champion (1983, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1995 and 1997); Gold medal in

World Cup (1985), European Championships (1986), European Cup (1985); world record beaten 35 times and current record holder with 6.15 m; voted world’s best athlete on several occasions

Sports administration

Member of the Council of the NOC then President (2005-); EOC Athlete’s Commission Chairman (2001- 2002); IAAF Athletes Commission member (2001-); IAAF Competition Commission member (2003-); IAAF Council member (2001); IAAF Senior Vice-President (2007-); Deputy Chairman of Development Commission of IAAF (2007-); Chairman of Coordination Commission of IAAF World Championship in Daegu 2011 (2008-); Council Member ASOIF (2009-); Chairman of Evaluation Commission of IAAF World Championships 2015 (2010-); Chairman of the Coordination Commission of IAAF World Championships in Moscow 2013

IOC History

Member of the Executive Board as athletes’ representative (2000-2008); Member of the Executive Board (2012-);, Chairman (2002-2008), then Honorary Member (2008-) of the Athletes’ Commission; Member of Disciplinary Commission of IOC for Athens (2004); Chairman of Evaluation and then Coordination Commission for the first Summer Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010 (2007- 2011); Chairman of the Entourage Commission (2010-); Member of the following Commissions: Eligibility (1998), “IOC 2000” (1999), Evaluation for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in 2008 (2001), “IOC 2000” Reform Follow-up (2002), Coordination for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 (2005-2008), Coordination for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 (2010- 2016)