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Lawyer, owner of a private law office; owner of a real estate company (1970-); member of the Brazilian Bar Association, Rio de Janeiro Section (1968-1970); member of the Board of Directors of the Rio de Janeiro City Strategic Plan (1994-2001) and of the National Sports Council of Brazil (2002-2008)
Volleyball, swimming, tennis, golf, football
Participated in the volleyball event in the Olympic Games Tokyo 1964 and at the World Championships in USSR in 1962 and in Czechoslovakia in 1966
Member of the Pan-American Sports Organisation (PASO) Board of Administration (1975-1998); President of the Brazilian Volleyball Confederation (1975-1996) then Life President (1997-); Executive Vice-President (1984-1998) then Honorary Vice-President (1998-) of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB); President of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Brazil (1995-); Honorary President of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Council (1996); Member of the PASO Executive Board (1998-); President of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Sports Venues Commission (1999-2004); Member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) (2000-); President of the Organising Committee of several FIVB World Volleyball Championships (indoor and beach); President of the Bid Committee and of the Organising Committee of the Pan and Parapan American Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2007 (CO-RIO) (2002-2007); President of the South American Sports Organisation (ODESUR) (2003-); President of Rio 2016 Bid Committee (2007-2009); Second Vice President of the PASO Executive Committee (2008-); President of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (2009-); Board member of the International Olympic Truce Foundation (IOTF) (2010-); Member of the International Masters Games Association (IMGA) (2010-2014); International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Commission Member (2013-); IAAF Ethics Commission Deputy Chair (2014-)
Olympic Order (1993); Rio Branco Order – Foreign Relations Ministry (Brazil) (2003); induction into the Volleyball Hall of Fame (United States of America) (2007); Eagle Award, United States Sports Academy (2009); Gold Shield of the state of Antioquia, Colombia (2010); Grand Officer of the Order of Aeronautical Merit by the Brazilian Air Force (2010); Military Sports Merit Medal, Brazil (2010); Commendatore dell'Ordine al Merito of the Italian Republic (2011); Guirlande d’Honneur – Federation of sport television and of the images on the screen (FICTS) (2012)
Member of the IOC as President of a National Olympic Committee from 2000 to 2012; Honorary Member since 2013; Member of the following Commissions: Olympic Collectors (1998-2001), “IOC 2000” (1999), Evaluation for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in 2008 (as representative of the NOCs, 2000-2001), Coordination for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 (2002-2008), Marketing (2002-2010), 2009 Congress (2006-2009), International Relations (2010-2013)