Juan Antonio Samaranch
Samaranch, born in a rich person family, was a mission leader for the Spanish team with many Olympic events before being named with the Spanish government secretary of the sports by the dictator Franco in 1966. He became also at that time president of the Olympic National committee and a member of the CIO. He was vice-president of the CIO of 1974 with 1978, and he was named ambassador of Spain in Soviet Union and Mongolia of 1977 with 1980.
After the plays of summer of 1980, the president Lord Killanin resigned and Samaranch was elected like successor. During its mandate, Samaranch succeeded in improving the financial health of the Olympic movement thanks to the televisual rights and to the partnerships. In spite of the Boycott of the plays of summer of 1984 by the Eastern bloc, the number of Member States of the CIO and taking part in the plays did not cease increasing during its presidency.
The king of Spain conferred to him the title of Marquis de Samaranch in 1982.
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