IOC member, Former President of The International Rowing Federation (FISA)
Law, Universities of Neuchâtel, Zurich and Cambridge; degree (1970); qualification as lawyer (1973); doctorate (1977).
Independent lawyer at the Neuchâtel Bar. President of the Bar in the Canton of Neuchâtel (1990-1993); Judge at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS); legal consultant; Director of the International Center for Sports Studies (CIES); Professor at the University of Neuchâtel. He runs his own legal practice in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
Rowing, ice hockey, cycling, running and skiing.
Member of the Rowing national team (1968-1976); 13 times national champion in elite competition including 5 times in single sculls; participated in the Olympic Games in Mexico in 1968 (bronze medal, four oars with coxswain), Munich in 1972 (8th, four oars with coxswain) and Montreal in 1976 (8th, quadruple sculls); 4th in the World Rowing Championships (1974) (quadruple sculls). He was also 15 times national champion (5 times in the single scull); national university ice hockey vice-champion.
Secretary General (1978-1989) then President of the International Rowing Federation (FISA) (1989-); Deputy Secretary General of the NOC (1985-1996); President of the Neuchâtel Rowing club (1976-1980); member of the Appeals Chamber of the Swiss Ice Hockey League (1976-1991); member of the Board of Governors of the International Masters Games Association (IMGA) (1993-); ASOIF President (2000-).
Member of the Executive Board (2000-2012); Chairman of the Coordination Commission for the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in Athens in 2004 (2001-2004); Chairman of the Coordination Commission for the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London in 2012 (2005-); Vice-Chairman of the Eligibility Commission (1992-1998); member as IF representative of the following Commissions: Olympic Movement (1989-1999), Evaluation for the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in 2004 (1996-1997), Coordination for the Games of the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney in 2000, Coordination for the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in Athens in 2004 (2000-2001); member of the following Commissions: Juridical (1993-), Medical (1995-), IOC 2000 (Executive Committee, 1999), IOC 2000 Reform Follow-up (2002-), Sport and Law (2008-); member (1994) of the Olympic Collectors’ Association then Vice-Chairman (1996-1999); Vice-Chairman of the International Olympic Memorabilia Federation (2000-2001)
Winner of the Swiss sports merit prize for teams (1968).
English, French, German, Spanish.