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Odontologist; President of the National Committee of Physical Education and Sport of Uruguay (Ministry of Sports) (1985-1990; 1995-2000); Vice-Minister of Public Health (1991-1992)
National champion and record holder in 100m and 200m butterfly and breaststroke (1949-1954); South American record holder in 4 x 100m medley relay (1953); participant in the Porto Alegre (Brazil) first University Games; bronze medallist in 200m breaststroke and 100m butterfly and silver medallist in 4 x 100m medley relay at the Latin American Games in Havana (Cuba); participant in the Pan-American Games in Mexico (1955)
President of the South American Swimming Confederation (1976-1978) then Honour President (1984); President of the Amateur Swimming Union of the Americas (1979-1983, 1995-1999), of the Uruguayan Swimming Federation (1969-1985), of the Uruguayan Soccer Association (1989), of the Special Olympics in Uruguay (1990), of the Uruguay National Olympic Committee (1987-), of the Uruguayan Olympic Academy (1989-) and first President of the Uruguayan Sports Confederation (1985-1990); founding member of the Panathlon Club of Montevideo; member of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Executive Bureau (1991-2002), Vice-President of the ANOC for the Americas (2002-); member of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) Bureau (1984-1988), Vice-President (1988-1992), Honorary Treasurer (1992-2009) and then President of FINA (2009-); Vice-President of the Automobile Club of Uruguay (1995-1999), President (1999-2007) then Honorary President (2007-); President of the South American Council of Sports Ministers (CONSUDE) (1998-1999); President of the Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport, UNESCO (CIGEPS) (1998-2002) then Honorary President (2002-)
Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Order of Merit (1994); International Swimming Federation (FINA) gold insignia; IOC Centennial Trophy (1994); National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Uruguay gold insignia; Royal Order of Merit in Sport of the Spanish Minister of Education and Science (1996); Legion of Honour of the French Republic (1998); Order of the chinese National Olympic Committee (1999); Order “Bernardo O’Higgins” (Chile) (2000); distinction of the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee (2001); Honorary Citizen of the city of Montevideo (Uruguay) (2007)
Member of the IOC from 1996 to 2015; Honorary Member since 2016; Member as NOC representative of the Evaluation Commission for the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in 2004 (1996-1997); member of the following Commissions: Sport for All (1992-2014), Coordination for the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad Athens 2004 (1998-2001), “IOC 2000” (1999), Coordination for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad Beijing 2008 (2002-2008), International Relations (2002-2015), Olympic Solidarity (2002-), Coordination for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad Rio 2016 (2010-2016), Nominations (2014-2015), Public Affairs and Social Development through Sport (2015-2016), IOC Members Election (2015-)