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Juan Antonio Samaranch

Why I'm throwing my hat into the ring for the IOC president's job

Nine days into the 30th Summer Olympiad and there are differing opinions on what has been the highlight so far. But there is absolutely no question about what has been the lowlight.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:01pm

Alvin Sallay

Like many things in life, it was down to the personal relationship Juan Antonio Samaranch shared with A. de O. Sales that led to Hong Kong being guaranteed its sporting independence after the handover.

25 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

A hero's welcome for lord of the rings

Despite a chequered view globally on his role in the history of the Olympic movement, Juan Antonio Samaranch is larger than life in at least one country: China. The former president of the International Olympic Committee, who turns 87 this month, has proved just that with another tour - his 17th - to the mainland this week.

1 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Samaranch steals the show at ceremony

Former IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch stole the show during China's flag-raising ceremony yesterday at the athletes' village - quite fortunately, for he saved the mainland squad from suffering red faces.

10 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

SAR man voted to the IOC

Updated at 4.32pm: The president of the SAR's Olympic Committee, Timothy Fok Tsun-ting on Monday became the first Hong Kong delegate to be elected a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

16 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

SAR man voted to the IOC

Updated at 4.32pm: The president of the SAR's Olympic Committee, Timothy Fok Tsun-ting on Monday became the first Hong Kong delegate to be elected a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

16 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

Choice of Beijing a gamble IOC expected to win

Members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) last night chose Beijing to host the 2008 Games because they preferred to gamble on bringing the event to the world's most populous nation than to two safer but duller options.

14 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

2008 Olympic Games 'vital for Chinese nation'

A legislator yesterday renewed his plea for Beijing to be awarded the 2008 Olympic Games, saying the decision on July 13 by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was its most important in more than 50 years.

25 Jun 2001 - 12:00am

Our time has come, says mayor

China's time has come to stage the Olympics, said Beijing Mayor Liu Qi, adding the choice of host for the Games had nothing to do with politics or human rights.

20 Feb 2001 - 12:00am

SIMPLY THE BEST

Muhammad Ali meets Pele, who meets Carl Lewis, who meets Mark Spitz, who meets Rod Laver. The list goes on. More than 50 of the living legends of sport will gather in the opulent surroundings of the Vienna State Opera House next month for a once-in-a-century occasion.

25 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Cheung joins illustrious company

Benny Cheung Wai-leung joined the illustrious company of Olympic chief Juan Antonio Samaranch and former American president Ronald Reagan yesterday.

Cheung, Hong Kong's well-known and well-respected wheelchair fencer, was awarded the United States Sports Academy's Distinguished Service Award at a simple ceremony last evening.

12 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

US moves in for kill as Samaranch refuses to play ball

THE shameless Juan Antonio Samaranch, an autocratic ex-fascist who rules the Inter national Olympic Committee (IOC), may yet have played a part in bringing that besmirched body to its knees.

18 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Cleaning up the Games

The vote of confidence which kept the International Olympic Committee President, Juan Antonio Samaranch, in his post was thoroughly disheartening. After the recent tarnishing of its image with corruption revelations, the committee badly needs to restore its credibility and regain respect. That can hardly be done so long as it remains dominated by the old regime epitomised by Mr Samaranch.

19 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Fascism and honour make poor Olympic stablemates

THE corruption scandal within the once-hallowed halls of the International Olympic Committee, like an oil spill from a broken tanker, remorselessly spreads wider and wider.

31 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Samaranch's HK gift stays off the record

When is a gift a gift? And when does it cross the boundary and become a bribe? We cannot ask the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to arbitrate on this vexed question, especially since the scandalous revelations sweeping through the highest echelons of sports in the past few weeks.

28 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

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