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Graduate of the Kiev State Institute of Physical Culture (Ukraine) qualified top-category trainer-teacher (1971); Pedagogy degree (1977)
Minister of Youth and Sports (Ukraine) (1990-1997); elected member of the Ukrainian Parliament (1998-2006); Chairman of the Committee for Youth, Sports Affairs and Tourism of the Ukrainian Parliament (2000-2002)
Participated in two editions of the Games of the Olympiad: double gold medallist (100m and 200m) and silver medallist (4 x 100m relay), Munich 1972; double bronze medallist (100m and 4 x 100m relay), Montreal 1976
President (1991-1998) then Vice-President (2006-) of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine; Member of the Council of the European Athletics Association (EAA) (1991-1999); President of the Ukrainian Athletic Federation (1996-2012)
Member of the following Commissions: Eligibility (1995-1998), Culture and Olympic Education (1999-2015), Culture and Olympic Heritage (2015-)