13 Dec 2000
IOC News Press Release

Lausanne, 13 December 2000 - The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today awarded the gold Olympic Order to Federal Councillor Adolf Ogi, President of the Swiss Confederation.

In addition to his political career, Mr Ogi has played a particularly important role in the Swiss sports world. Among other positions, he was Director of the Swiss Ski Federation (FSS) from 1975 to 1981 and Vice-President of the World and European Committee of the International Ski Federation (FIS) from 1971 to 1983. He also headed Sion’s candidature committee for the 2006 Olympic Winter Games.

The gold Olympic Order is awarded on an exceptional basis to senior figures, in recognition of their eminent services to the cause of world sport and their loyalty to the Olympic ideal as expounded by Pierre de Coubertin.

The date of the award ceremony has not yet been fixed.

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