André Richer

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Administrator
Full nameAndré Gustavo•Richer
Used nameAndré•Richer
Born24 January 1928 in Rio Branco, Acre (BRA)
Died11 April 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro (BRA)
AffiliationsFlamengo, Rio de Janeiro (BRA)
NOC Brazil


André Richer rowed coxed fours at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, which was only the beginning of a life-long career in sports. He also competed at the 1959 Pan American Games in Chicago, and was a Brazilian and South American champion.

Being a member of Flamengo between 1969-73 led to Richer becoming director of the Brazilian Football Confederation between 1975-86. From 1969-79 he was a director, and then vice-president (1970-78), for Latin America with Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Aviron (FISA). He was a member of the CND (National Council of Sports) from 1974-95.

Richer was Brazilian Chef de Mission at the 1980 Moskva, 1984 Los Angeles, and 1988 Seoul Olympics, as well as at three Pan American Games – Caracas (1983), Indianapolis (1987), and Havana (1991). He served for many years with the Comitê Olímpico do Brasil (COB), and was president from 1990-95, and then secretary-general and vice-president from 1995-2016. Richer was also secretary-general of ODEPA (Organización Deportiva Panamericana / Pan American Sports Organization) until 1995 and ODESUR (Organización Deportiva Suramericana / South American Sports Organization) until 1998.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Summer Olympics Rowing BRA André Richer
Coxed Fours, Men (Olympic) Brazil 2 h2 r2/4

Organization roles

Role Organization Tenure NOC As
President Comitê Olímpico Brasileiro 1990—1995 BRA André Richer

Special Notes