Mr Richard Kevan GOSPER, AO

Entry in the IOC 1977
Born 19 December 1933
Games Participated 1956, 1960 **
Mr Richard Kevan GOSPER, AO

Mr Richard Kevan GOSPER, AO



Bachelor of Arts with Honours, Michigan State University (United States of America); Doctorate of Science, University of Newcastle (Australia); Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne (Australia)


Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Shell Australia Limited (1980-1991); Vice Chairman Australia Trade Commission (1985-1991); Director for the Shell International Petroleum Co., London (Great Britain) (1991-1993); Chief Commissioner for the city of Melbourne (Australia) (1993-1996); Company Director (1994-); Special Representative for Australian Government (1997-2001)

Sports practised


Sports career

Track and field national record holder 400 m (1955-1971); gold medal in 400 m at the Commonwealth Games in Vancouver in 1954; silver medal in 4x400 m relay at the Games of the XVI Olympiad Melbourne 1956; Captain of Australian track and field team at the Games of the XVII Olympiad Rome 1960

Sports administration

Vice-President and life member of the Papua New Guinea Athletics Association and General Manager of the 1st Papua New Guinea Commonwealth Games team in 1962; Inaugural Chairman of the Australian Institute of Sport (1980-1985); President of the Australian Olympic Federation (1985-1990); Inaugural Member of the Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) Executive Board (1981-); President of ONOC (1989-2009); Vice-President of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Council (1989-); Vice-President of the Organising Committee for the Olympic Games Sydney 2000 (1993-2000); Chairman of Olympic Games Knowledge Services (OGKS) (2002-2004); Chairman of the Oceania Australia Foundation; Member of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Ethics commission (2013-); President of the Organisation of sports Federations of Oceania (OSFO) (2014-); Member of the International Association Football Federation (FIFA) Independent Reform Committee (2015-)

Awards and distinctions

Hall of Fame in Sport (Australia) (1990)

IOC History

IOC Member from 1977 to 2013; Honorary Member since 2013; Member of the Executive Board (1986-1990, 1995-1999), IOC Vice-President (1990-1994, 1999-2003), Vice-Chairman (1988) then Chairman of the Press Commission (1989-2014); Vice-Chairman of the Olympic Solidarity Commission (2002-2011); Vice-Chairman of the Coordination Commission for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad Beijing 2008 (2002-2008); member of the following Commissions: Olympic Solidarity (1981-1984 then 2015-2017), Programme (1984-1987), Preparation of the XII Olympic Congress – Congress of Unity (1990-1994), Apartheid and Olympism (1989-1992), Centennial Olympic Congress – Congress of Unity, Study (1994-1996), Working Group on Media Coordination (1989-1990), Ethics (1999-2000), “IOC 2000” (Executive Committee, 1999), IOC 2000 Reform Follow-up (2002); Advisor to the Olympic Solidarity Commission (2011-); Member of the Press Committee Working Group (2015-)