Sam Ramsamy - Host City speaker

Sam Ramsamy

Position: Honorary Member, IOC and Vice President, FINA


Springfield College of Education, Durban (South Africa); University of South Africa; Carnegie College of Physical Education, Leeds (Great Britain); LLD (HC) University of Toronto (Canada) ; Honorary Doctorates – University of Surrey and Leeds Metropolitan University (Great Britain); Honorary Fellow – Roehampton College, University of Surrey


Lecturer in Physical and Health Education; Deputy Principal, Gwyn Jones School, London (Great Britain); Consultant to the United Nations

Sports practised

Swimming, athletics, football, lifesaving

Sports career

Represented Natal Province in athletics; coached swimming, football and athletics at national level

Sports administration

Chairman of South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee (SANROC, 1976-1990); Chairman of the South African Commonwealth Games Association (1994-1997); President of Swimming South Africa (1991-1997); Honorary Life President of Swimming South Africa (2004-); President of the South African National Olympic Committee (1991-2005); General Manager and Chef de Mission to the Games of the XXV Olympiad in 1992 in Barcelona and the XVII Olympic Winter Games in 1994 in Lillehammer; Vice-President of the International Swimming Federation (FINA)


Author “Apartheid, The Real Hurdle”, “Reflections – on a Life in Sport”; contributed articles to numerous books on sport and international politics; series of articles on South African sport for the United Nations

Awards and distinctions

National Order of Ikamanga; South Africa’s Ambassador of Tourism; Member of Committee responsible for the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as SA’s First Democratically Elected President

IOC History

Member of the Executive Board (2006-2014); Chair of the following Commissions: Sport for All (2010-2015), Sport and Active Society (2015-2018); Delegate Member to sport for athletes with a disability (2014-2017); Member of the following Commissions: Apartheid and Olympism (1989-1991), Sport and Environment (1996-2001), “IOC 2000” (1999), Culture and Olympic Education (2002-2010), Press (2002-2015), Olympic Programme (2003-2017), Evaluation for the Games of the XXX Olympiad in 2012 (2004-2005), Coordination for the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London in 2012 (2005-2012), International Relations (2014-2015), Public Affairs and Social Development through Sport (2015-2018), Olympic Education (2015-2018)