Vitali Smirnov

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For the Soviet diplomat, see Vitaly S. Smirnov.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin with President of the National Olympic Committee Vitaly Smirnov.
30 August 2000

Vitali Georgyevich Smirnov (Russian: Виталий Георгиевич Смирнов) (born 14 February 1935) is a Russian member of the International Olympic Committee. He is the most senior member of the IOC having been a member since 1971.[1]


1970—1975 — First Vice-Minister of Sport of the USSR;

1981—1990 — Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation

Sports administration[edit]

1975—1981 — Executive President of the Organising Committee of the Games of the XXII Olympiad in Moscow in 1980.

1990—1992 — USSR National Olympic Committee President.

1992—2001 — Russian National Olympic Committee President.

IOC History[edit]

1974—1978, 1986—1990 — Member of the Executive Board of the IOC;

1978—1982, 1990—1994, 2001—2005 — Vice-President of the IOC ;

1992—1998 — Chairman of the Eligibility Commission;

1978—1982, 1991—1995, 2003—2004 — member of the Council of the Olympic Order.

Honours and awards[edit]

  • Order of Merit for the Fatherland;
    • 2nd class (19 April 2001) - for outstanding contribution to the development of physical culture and sports, high achievements in sports at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney in 2000
    • 3rd class (26 August 1996) - for services to the state and the great personal contribution to the development of national sport
    • 4th class (22 April 2010) - for great contribution to the development of national sports and public activities
  • Order of Honour (22 April 1994) - for high athletic achievement at the XVII Olympic Winter Games in 1994
  • Order of the Red Banner of Labour (1985)
  • Order of Friendship of Peoples (1980)
  • Order of the Badge of Honour, three times (1966, 1970 and 1976)
  • Gratitude of the President of the Russian Federation (6 August 2007) - for active participation in efforts to ensure the victory of the application of Sochi to host the XXII Winter Olympic and XI Paralympic Winter Games in 2014
  • Order "Polar Star" (Yakutia, 3 July 2008) - for outstanding service to the Olympic movement and the national sport, a great contribution to the development of youth sports, and the establishment of an International Sports Games "Children of Asia" in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
  • Badge "For Services to Moscow" (14 February 2005) - for his great personal contribution to the international Olympic movement and sport in Moscow
  • Badge "For Services to the Moscow Region" (21 March 2007)

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