Mario Vázquez Raña

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Vázquez and the second or maternal family name is Raña.

Mario Vázquez Raña (7 June 1932 – 8 February 2015[1]) was a Mexican businessman and sports administrator, who served on both national and Olympic committees. He served as a member of the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) until 2012. He was the President of the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO).

On 5 April 2008, Vázquez Raña received international press attention for his statement that the situation in Tibet "is a Chinese problem" that is "not an issue for the Olympic Games." [2]


On 15 March 2012 he resigned from the IOC, IOC Executive Board and as the head of the Association of National Olympic Committees. He also resigned from being the President of the Olympic Solidarity Commission. [5] He continued to serve as the head of the Pan American Sports Organization.[6]

2012 Controversy[edit]

In 2012, Vázquez Raña came under media scrutiny for allegedly manipulating news stories in newspapers controlled by the Organización Editorial Mexicana in favor of Enrique Peña Nieto, presidential candidate of the Institutional Revolutionary Party.

On 11 May 2012, Enrique Peña Nieto gave a speech at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City as part of his 2012 presidential campaign. He was jeered by the general student population upon arrival, but was allowed to deliver his remarks. Multiple newspapers belonging to the Organización Editorial Mexicana including El Sol de México and Diario de Xalapa covered the story by printing identical headlines labeling Peña Nieto's speech a "success" after an attempted "boycott" by leftist activists. The university incident, as well as the coverage by newspapers controlled by Vázquez Raña subsequently received media attention and scrutiny. [7]


Vásquez Raña participated in shooting competitions at national and international level in 1960. grupo star (2010)

Sports Administration[edit]

Positions with the IOC[edit]

  • Member of the Executive Board as representative of NOCs (2000-);
  • Vice-Chairman of the Olympic Solidarity Commission (1979-1996),
    • Deputy Chairman (1997-2001) then
    • Chairman (2002-);
  • member of the following Commissions:
    • Olympic Movement (1990-1999),
    • Preparation of the XII Olympic Congress (1990-1994),
    • Apartheid and Olympism (1990-1992),
    • "IOC 2000" (Executive Committee, 1999),
    • Marketing (2000),
    • IOC 2000 Reform Follow-up (2002).


In 1986 Vázquez received the Eagle Award from the United States Sports Academy. The Eagle Award is the Academy's highest international honor and was awarded to Vázquez for his significant contributions in promoting international harmony, peace, and goodwill through the effective use of sport.[8]

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Additional references[edit]

  1. IOC bio