01-12-2006, 01:18 PM
February 2006 Newsletter - Royals & The Olympics
Royal IOC Members
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) was created on June 23, 1894 by the Paris Congress to act as the supreme authority of the Olympic games.
Based in Lausanne, Switzerland, the IOC is governed by the Olympic Charter, whose philosophy is that "sport serves the harmonious development of man."
An IOC president is elected by secret ballot and serves for a term of eight years, at which time he or she can be re-elected for another four-year term. In Olympic history, there have been seven presidents:
Avery Brundage in advance of the 1972 Munich Olympic games.
- Le Baron Pierre de Coubertin (France) -- 1896-1925
- Demetrious Vikelas (Greece) 1896-1984
- Le Comte Henri de Baillet-Latour (Belgium) 1925-1942
- J. Sigfrid Edstrom (Sweden) 1946-1952
- Avery Brundage (U.S.A.) 1952-1972
- Lord Killanin (Ireland) 1972-1980
- Juan Antonio Samaranch (Spain) 1980-2001
- Jacques Rogge (Belgium) 2001-Today
Outging IOC President Lord Killanin congratulates his successor, Juan Antonio Samaranch.
Juan Antonio Samaranch at the Lillehammer Olympic games with the Norwegian royal family behind him.
Juan Antonio Samaranch at the Atlanta Olympic games, sitting with Queen Sofia and Prince Felipe of Spain.
The current IOC President Jacques Rogges.