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Law degree from University of Rome (Italy); Specialised studies in Public Relations at the “Alcide De Gasperi” Institute of European Studies in Rome
Professor in financial sciences at the University of Rome (1968-1973); Professor at the Specialised School of Human Physiology, University of Rome; member of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee of the Institute for Sports Credit (1973-1998); member of the Board of Directors of the STET, (Sociéta Finanziaria Telefonica e Telecomunicazioni) (1976-1981); Professor at the State Institute of Physical Education in Rome (1985-1995); Professor of Sports Law at the Luiss University in Rome (1996-2004); member of the Board of Directors of the BNL (Banca Nazionale del Lavoro – special credits section); Deputy in the Italian Parliament and Under-Secretary of State in charge of Sport at the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities (2001-2006); Deputy in the Italian Parliament (2006-); President of the European Union Commission of the Italian Parlement (2008-2013); Professor of Sports Law, Link Campus University, Rome (2010-)
Athletics, tennis, sailing, aviation, basketball
Middle-distance runner; Italian University champion (UISP) in 1,500m (1955) and national student champion in 1,000m (1957)
President of the University Sports Centre of Rome (1959); Manager and Technical Assistant, Sports Department of the Italian Track and Field Federation; founder of the “Bruno Zauli Memorial”, an international track and field meeting (1964); Attaché to the Italian Olympic Team at the Olympic Games Mexico 1968; Chef de Mission of the Italian team at the Mediterranean Games in Algiers in 1975, Spalato in 1979, Casablanca in 1983, Damascus in 1987, Athens in 1991; Chef de Mission of the Italian Team at the Olympic Games Montreal 1976, Moscow 1980, Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988 and at the Olympic Winter Games Innsbruck 1976, Lake Placid 1980, Sarajevo 1984, Calgary 1988; Secretary General of the italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) (1973-1993) then President (1993-1998); Secretary General of the European Olympic Committees (EOC, former Association of the European National Olympic Committees) (1989-2001), then President (2001-2006); President of the EOC European Union Commission; member of the Executive Board of the Association of the National Olympic Committees (ANOC); Vice-President of ANOC (2001-2006); Member of the Technical and Financial Commissions of the ANOC; Member of the Executive Committee of the International Committee of the Mediterranean Games (CIJM); Italian Government Supervisor for the Olympic Winter Games Torino 2006 (2004-2006); Italian Government High Commissioner for the XVI Mediterranean Games in 2009 in Pescara (2007-2009); Board member of the International Olympic Truce Foundation (IOTF) (2007-)
Member of Executive Board (2006-2009); IOC Vice-President (2009-2012); Chairman of the following Commissions: International Relations (2007-2015), Public Affairs and Social Development through Sport (2015-); member of the following Commissions: Olympic Programme (1992-1993), Marketing (1995-2001), Women and Sport (1996-2001), Coordination for the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad Athens 2004 (1998-2004), “IOC 2000” (1999), Olympic Solidarity (2002-2006), International Relations (2002-2007); Permanent Observer of the IOC to the United Nations (2010-)