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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(s) 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 Status Team Pos Details
1932 Summer Olympics Athletics 110 metres Hurdles, Men Olympic 4 h1 r1/3 Representing Brazil    
  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 400 metres Hurdles, Men Olympic 5 Representing Brazil    

Organization roles

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

Other participations

Games Role Details
1936 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony Representing Brazil    
1948 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony Representing Brazil    

Special Notes