Victor Boin in 1922
|Born||28 February 1886
|Died||31 March 1974 (aged 88)
|Sport||Water polo, fencing, swimming|
Boin was part of the Belgian water polo teams that finished second in 1908 and third in 1912. In 1908 he also participated in the 100 metre freestyle swimming competition, but was eliminated in the first round.
Boin took the first ever Olympic Oath at the 1920 Games in Antwerp, where he was also the Belgium flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony. Later, between 1955 and 1965, he served as president of the Belgian Olympic Committee.
Boin worked as a sports journalist, theater critic and sports official. In 1912 he founded the Belgian Professional Association of Sports Journalists, and headed it from 1923 to 1935. In 1924 co-founded the International Sports Journalists’ Association; he served as its first vice-president, and later became its president.
Boin has an art-deco style swimming pool named after him in rue Perche, St Gilles, Brussels. Page text.
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