08 Jun 2001
IOC News

Lausanne, 8 June 2001 - The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today awarded the Olympic Order to Mr Enrique Sanz, President of the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA), during an official ceremony held at the IOC headquarters.

Visually impaired, Mr Sanz was the driving force behind the organisation of the World Blind Sports Championships in Madrid in July 1998, where, for the first time ever, top-level competitions were held together in four different disciplines at the same time and place.

He also promoted the inclusion of two blind athletics events (men’s 100m and 200m) at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Seville, in August 1999. The 2001 edition in Edmonton, Canada, will also include events for blind athletes.

Mr Sanz was in charge of publicity during the Paralympic Games in Barcelona in 1992, working closely with the corresponding section of the Organising Committee (COOB’92). He is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), and has been a member of the Spanish Olympic Committee since 1993.

“Mr Sanz has given blind athletes the will to train and the chance to take part in major international competitions. I would like to thank him for his outstanding contribution to the world of sport”, said the IOC President.

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