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Doctor of Medicine; degree in sports medicine
Yachting: competitor in the Olympic Games in Mexico in 1968, Munich in 1972 and Montreal in 1976, winner of the Yachting World Cadet Trophy. Rugby: player on the national Belgian team
President of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) (1989-2001); President of the Belgian National Olympic Committee (1989-1992) then honour president (2013-); IOC Representative on the Foundation Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) (1999-2000)
Member of the Executive Board (1998-2013); President of the IOC (2001-2013); Honorary President of the IOC (2013-)