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Shun-Ichiro OKANO

Spain
TeamSpain
Year of Birth1931

Biography

Shunichiro Okano studied at Tokyo University and later went into the business world, serving as President of Okano Eisen Co., Ltd. In Japan he was a member of the National Council of Educational Reform (1984-87), a member of the 14th Central Council for Education (1989-91), and a member of The National Taxation Council (1993-2004).

In sports Okano played football, playing for the Japanese National Team in 1955, and earning two caps. He was player-coach of the Japanese team at the 1968 Olympics, but did not play in any matches. He later managed the Japanese National Team in 1970-71, and coached the Japanese team at the 1964 Olympics. Okano became secretary-general of the Japanese Olympic Committee in 1977, serving until 1991 when he joined the Executive Committee. He was a director of the Japan Amateur Sports Association from 1975-91, Vice-President of the General Association of Asian Sports Federations (GAASF) from 1985-90, President of the Japanese Football Association from 1998-2002, and then was named successively Honorary President (2002-2008), and then Supreme Advisor (2008-) to the Japanese Football Association.

Okano joined the IOC in 1990 and served on the Olympic Programme Summer Commission (1992-94), the Sport and Environment Commission (1996-2001), and the Olympic Programme Commission (2002-12). He has received numerous governmental awards, including The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon from the Japanese government in 2004; and The Order of the Blue Dragon from the Korean government in 2003. Okano was awarded the Olympic Order in silver in 2012.

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