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Ramsamy was a physical education lecturer and a primary school teacher. In the 1980s, he was a high-profile anti-apartheid campaigner in London and was chairman of the South Africa non-racial Olympic Committee (SAN-ROC) during the apartheid years from 1976 to 1990, campaigning against discrimination in sport and against the participation of South Africa's white-only teams in international sporting events.
He returned to South Africa upon the lifting of ban on the ANC and became the President of South Africa's official National Olympic Committee from 1991. He led the first non-racial South African team to the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. He has served with the International Swimming Federation bureau and is currently also a vice-president and official FINA spokesman at all official events.
Ramsamy is a member of the International Olympic Committee and sat on their Commission evaluating the bids for the 2012 Summer Olympics. He is currently a member of the IOC co-ordination committee for the 2012 London Games.
In May 2011, following the announcement that South Africa will not bid for the 2020 Olympic Games, Ramsamy told Olympic news source Around the Rings that he was "disappointed" in the government's decision, but he is "certain" they will bid for 2024.
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