Victor de Laveleye

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Non-starter
Full nameVictor Auguste•de Laveleye
Used nameVictor•de Laveleye
Born5 November 1894 in Bruxelles (Brussels), Région de Bruxelles-Capitale (BEL)
Died14 December 1945 in Ixelles, Région de Bruxelles-Capitale (BEL)
AffiliationsRoyal Léopold Club, Bruxelles (BEL)
NOC Belgium


Victor de Laveleye was a nephew of Édouard-Émile, Baron de Laveleye, chairman of the Belgium Olympic Committee. Victor played tennis at the 1920 and 1924 Olympics and was an alternate, who did not play, on the Belgian 1928 hockey team. He became a politician and government minister, who was also a radio announcer during World War II for Radio Belgique. He was a municipality Council member of Sint-Gillis, President of the Liberal Party (1936-37), and a Liberal member of parliament (1939-45) for the Bruxelles District. De Laveleye was minister of justice (1937) and public education (1944-45).

De Laveleye is best known for urging the Belgian people to adopt the upraised index and middle fingers in a V sign, signifying its use for victory, standing for victoire in French and vrijheid in Dutch.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Tennis BEL Victor de Laveleye
Singles, Men (Olympic) =17
Doubles, Men (Olympic) Stéphane Halot =17
1924 Summer Olympics Tennis BEL Victor de Laveleye
Singles, Men (Olympic) =33
Doubles, Men (Olympic) Jean Washer =16
1928 Summer Olympics Hockey BEL Victor de Laveleye
Hockey, Men (Olympic) Belgium DNS

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