Primo Nebiolo

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Primo Nebiolo in the 1970s

Primo Nebiolo (14 July 1923, Turin – 7 November 1999, Rome) was an Italian sports official, best known as president of the worldwide athletics federation International Association of Athletics Federations.

Primo Nebiolo was the ideator of the IAAF Continental Cup.[1]


The external of Primo Nebiolo Stadium in Messina

As an active athlete in his younger days, Nebiolo was a long jumper. He later studied law and political science and became a businessman in construction. Nebiolo became president of the International University Sports Federation, which among other things arranges the Universiade, in 1961. From 1969 to 1989 he was the president of the Italian Athletics Federation. He became a member of the IAAF council in 1972, president of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations in 1983 and a member of the International Olympic Committee in 1992. He played a role in winning the 2006 Winter Olympics bid for his home city Turin.

In 1981 Nebiolo became president of the International Association of Athletics Federations. He oversaw its restructuring from the International Amateur Athletics Federation, as well as the introduction of regular events such as the World Championships.

His term as president ended when he died from a heart attack in 1999. He was succeeded by vice president Lamine Diack as acting president; Diack was later elected president. IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch described Nebiolo as "one of the greatest leading sportsmen of this century". The Stadio Primo Nebiolo was named in his honour. A street in Bucharest, the capital of Romania, is named after him.

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  1. ^ "Past Presidents of the IAAF". Retrieved 29 October 2012. 


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Netherlands Adriaan Paulen
Presidents of the IAAF
Succeeded by
Senegal Lamine Diack