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Economics degree, Budapest University (Hungary)
Positions on the administrative staff of several hotels in the Hungaro chain (1965-1981); Director of the National Stadium and of the organisations which depend on the National Hungarian Sports Authority (OTSH) (1981-); Vice-President of the National Office for Physical Education and Sport (1983); Hungarian Ambassador to Spain (1993-1997) then to Switzerland (1999-2003); Member of the European Parliament (2004-2010); President of the Hungarian National Assembly (2010); President of the Republic of Hungary (2010-2012)
Team épée gold medallist at the Games of the XIX Olympiad in 1968 in Mexico City and the XX Olympiad in 1972 in Munich; Particpated in the Games of the XXI Olympiad in 1976 in Montreal
Secretary General then President (1989-2010) of the Hungarian Olympic Committee; President of World Olympians Association (WOA) (1999-2007)
Member of the Executive Board (1991-1999); Vice-President of the IOC (1995-1999); Chairman of the Sport and Environment Commission (1995-2013); Vice-Chairman of the Athletes’ Commission (1984-1988); member of the following Commissions: Study for the Preparation of the Olympic Games (1985-1991), Coordination for the Olympic Winter Games in 1992 in Albertville (1989-1992), Coordination for the Olympic Winter Games in 1994 in Lillehammer (1989-1994), Eligibility (1989-1992), Olympic Movement (1993-1999), Olympic Collectors (1994-1995), Council of the Olympic Order (1995-1999), “IOC 2000” (Executive Committee, 1999), International Relations (2005-2013), Public Affairs and Social Development through Sport (2015-); Delegate Member for Protocol (1999-2010)