ITU President Meets Samaranch

ITU President Meets Samaranch

By ITU Admin on 04/06/09 at 12:01 am

ITU President, Marisol Casado, paid a welcome visit to Honorary President for Life of the International Olympic Committee, Juan Antonio Samaranch following the weekends Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series race.

Following an illustrious career as the Spanish Government Secretary for Sport and President of the National Olympic Committee, Mr Samaranch was elected as IOC President at the 83rd IOC Session in Moscow in the summer of 1980. He held the position for twenty-one years.

It was Honorary President Samaranch, back in 1988, who first called Les McDonald and asked him to front the movement to lobby for triathlons appearance in the Olympic Games, and ultimately saw the sport adopted into the Olympic movement at the 2000 Sydney Games.

It was during a visit to the USA when then IOC President, Juan Antonio Samaranch first watched a triathlon event which was being shown on television in his hotel room. The dynamic combination of swimming, cycling and running caught the Spaniards attention and he asked his colleagues to find out who was leading the development of the fledgling sport. At a time when the Olympic Games was looking to attract a new generation of enthusiasts and television coverage, triathlons fresh and exciting image had a great appeal for broadcasters and young people looking to discover new activities outside of the traditional sports.

Marisol and Honorary President Samaranch are old acquaintances having first met following the formation of the International Triathlon Union in 1989, and he wished her great success and good luck with her relatively new position as ITU President; as well as speaking warmly about his good friend, ITU founder, Les McDonald.


Marisol and Honorary President Samaranch at the Geneva European Cup race in 1990.

Reminiscing about the formation of triathlon, Honorary President Samaranch expressed his delight at having helped bring the sport into the Olympic Games and ultimately establishing a legacy which has continued towards London 2012, especially with the successful running of multiple World Series races in Madrid. Having watched the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championships race on television, Honorary President Samaranch was pleased with the continued media exposure the sport receives and that the Spanish capital was so well shown to a global audience through the event.

As an inspiration for leaders and Spaniards alike, Marisol was very happy to be reacquainted with Honorary President Samaranch who presented her with a gift set of Olympic rings.


La Presidenta de la ITU Marisol Casado, rindi visita al Presidente de Honor Vitalicio del Comit Olmpico Internacional Juan Antonio Samaranch, tras la carrera de este fin de semana de los Campeonatos del Mundo de Triatln ITU Dextro Energy.

Despus de una ilustre carrera como Secretario de Estado para el Deporte y Presidente del Comit Olmpico Nacional, Sr Samaranch fue elegido Presidente del CIO en la 83 sesin del CIO en Mosc, en el verano de 1980. Ocup el cargo durante veintin aos.

Fue el presidente de Honor Samaranch, all en 1988 el que llam a Les McDonald y le pidi que encabezara el movimiento para que el triatln fuera incluido en los Juegos Olmpicos. Finalmente se incluy el deporte en el movimiento Olmpico en los Juegos Olmpicos de Sdney 2000.

Fue durante una visita a los Estados Unidos cuando el entonces Presidente del CIO, Juan Antonio Samaranch vio por primera vez una competicin de triatln que se emita en la televisin de su hotel. La dinmica combinacin de natacin, ciclismo y carrera a pie llam la atencin del espaol y pregunt a sus compaeros quien era el encargado del desarrollo de este nuevo deporte. En un momento en el que los Juegos Olmpicos estaban en bsqueda de atraer una nueva generacin de aficionados y de ofrecer una mayor cobertura televisiva, la frescura del triatln y la emocin de sus imgenes ofreca un gran atractivo a los presentadores y a la gente joven que buscan descubrir nuevas actividades alejadas de los deportes tradicionales.

Marisol y el Presidente de Honor son viejos amigos despus de que se conociesen tras la creacin de la Unin Internacional de Triatln en 1989 y l le dese buena suerte y mucho xito en su nuevo cargo como Presidenta de la ITU, adems de hablar muy afectuosamente de su buen amigo y fundador de la ITU, Les McDonald.

Recordando la creacin del triatln, el Presidente Honorario Samaranch, expres su satisfaccin de haber ayudado a llevar al deporte a los Juegos Olmpicos y finalmente establecer un legado que ha continuado hasta los Juegos Olmpicos de Londres 2012, especialmente tras las exitosas carreras de las Series Mundiales que han tenido lugar en Madrid. Despus de ver la carrera de los Campeonatos del Mundo de Triatln ITU Dextro Energy por televisin, el Presidente de Honor se mostr encantado con la continuada exposicin a los medios de comunicacin que el deporte recibe y que la capital de Espaa sea un escaparate para todo el mundo gracias a la prueba.

Como una inspiracin para los lderes y los espaoles por igual, Marisol estaba muy feliz de volverse a ver con el Presidente de Honor Samaranch, quien le regal a ella una coleccin de los anillos Olmpicos.

 

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