KILLANIN Michael Morris (1914 - 1999) Ireland / IOC
Lord Killanin was the sixth president of the IOC.A former journalist, producer and company director, he chaired the Irish national committee until he was appointed president of the worldwide Olympic movement in 1972. A debonair personality, Killanin's presidency will be remembered for his open mind. He battled against the use of drugs while showing tolerance to professionalism, something that his predecessor, Avery Brundage, fought tooth and claw. When he handed over the IOC presidency to Juan Antonio Samaranch, he was unanimously elected honorary life president.