Carlos de Candamo

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Competed in Olympic Games (non-medal events) • Administrator
Full nameCarlos Firmin•de Candamo y Rivero
Used nameCarlos•de Candamo
Born15 February 1871 in Westminster, Greater London, England (GBR)
Died16 February 1946 in Paris, Paris (FRA)
AffiliationsÉcole Internationale d'Escrime, Paris (FRA)
NOC Peru


Carlos de Candamo was born in London, the son of a Peruvian diplomat and nephew of the future President of Peru, Manuel Candamo Iriarte. He moved to Paris when his father was appointed ambassador to France and was to show his talents in a variety of sports.

In 1891 he played in the very first match at the tennis tournament that later became the French Open, and the following year captained Racing Club de France to victory in the inaugural French national rugby championship. The game was refereed by none other than Baron de Coubertin. De Candamo also played, alongside his two brothers, in the Racing Club team that lost the championship final in 1893. The 1900 Olympics saw him take part in the fencing competition, he came through two rounds of the foil but was eliminated in the first round of the epee, and he also took part in the tennis competition, albeit in the non-Olympic handicap events.

He was invited to join the IOC in 1909 and remained a member until his resignation in 1922. De Candamo followed his father into the world of diplomacy and in his position as “Envoy extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of Peru at Paris” signed the Treaty of Versailles on behalf of his nation.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1900 Summer Olympics Fencing PER Carlos de Candamo
Foil, Individual, Men (Olympic) AC r3/5
Épée, Individual, Men (Olympic) AC p13 r1/4
Tennis PER Carlos de Candamo
Doubles, Handicap, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) P. de Heeren 1

Organization roles

Role Organization Tenure NOC As
Member International Olympic Committee 1905—1922 PER Carlos de Candamo