BRUNDAGE Avery (1887 - 1972) United States / IOC
A firm believer and supporter of amateur sport, was criticised by a few athletes during the 1960s and 1970s, for his uncompromising stance on this subject, at a time when an increasing number of athletes were turning professional. Throughout his twenty years at the head of the I.O.C., he remained an unflinching advocate of the Olympic cause.A former president of the athletic union, Brundage took part in the pentathlon at the 1912 Stockholm games. He came fifth in this event.During this period , he founded a building company and built a number of skyscrapers in the Chicago area.A few months before his death, Brundage handed over the I.O.C. presidency to the Irishman Killanin, after the 1972 Munich games. The international press had been highly critical of his decision to have allowed the games to continue in the wake of an anti-Israeli terrorist attack on the Olympic village.