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Sylvio Padilha

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, IOC member
SexMale
Full nameSylvio•de Magalhães Padilha
Used nameSylvio•Padilha
Born5 June 1909 in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro (BRA)
Died29 August 2002 in São Paulo, São Paulo (BRA)
Measurements183 cm / 73 kg
AffiliationsFluminense, Rio de Janeiro (BRA) / Clube Esperia, São Paulo (BRA)
NOC Brazil

Biography

Sylvio Padilha competed in athletics at the 1936 Olympics and was a monumental figure in Brazilian athletics. He usually captained the national team and between at the South American Championships from 1931-45 he won the 400 hurdles three times, the 110 hurdles once, the 400 flat once and several relay titles. He won Brazilian titles in the 100 and 200 metres, and the 110 and 400 metre hurdles.

Padilha became better known as a Brazillian sports administrator. He served as President of the Brazilian National Olympic Committee from 1963-90, and was also President and Vice-President of the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO). Padilha was an IOC Member from 1964-95. He was on the Executive Board in 1970-74 and 1983-88, serving as Vice-President of the IOC from 1975-79. He was a member of multiple IOC Commissions, as follows: Joint Commission (1968-71), Olympic Programme (1972-74), Enquiry for Rhodesia (1973-75), Tripartite (1975-78), Council of the Olympic Order (1975-78), Commission for Greece (1980-81), Olympic Movement (1983-88), and Eligibility (1989-90).

Personal Bests: 110H – 14.8 (1933); 400H – 53.3 (1936).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1932 Summer Olympics Athletics BRA Sylvio Padilha
110 metres Hurdles, Men (Olympic) 4 h1 r1/3
400 metres Hurdles, Men (Olympic) 4 h2 r1/3
4 × 100 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) Brazil DNS
4 × 400 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) Brazil DNS
1936 Summer Olympics Athletics BRA Sylvio Padilha
400 metres Hurdles, Men (Olympic) 5

Organization roles

Role Organization Tenure NOC As
President Comitê Olímpico Brasileiro 1963—1990 BRA Sylvio Padilha
Member International Olympic Committee 1964—1995 BRA Sylvio Padilha
Executive Board Member International Olympic Committee 1970—1975 BRA Sylvio Padilha
President Pan American Sports Organization 1971—1971 BRA Sylvio Padilha
3rd Vice-President International Olympic Committee 1975—1976 BRA Sylvio Padilha
2nd Vice-President International Olympic Committee 1976—1978 BRA Sylvio Padilha
1st Vice-President International Olympic Committee 1978—1979 BRA Sylvio Padilha
Executive Board Member International Olympic Committee 1983—1988 BRA Sylvio Padilha
Honorary International Olympic Committee 1995—2002 BRA Sylvio Padilha

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1936 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony BRA Sylvio Padilha
1948 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony BRA Sylvio Padilha

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