Tsuneyoshi, Prince Takeda

Biographical information

Full nameTsuneyoshi•Takeda
Used nameTsuneyoshi, Prince•Takeda
Original name竹田宮•恒徳王
Born4 March 1909 in Tokyo, Tokyo (JPN)
Died11 May 1992 in Tokyo, Tokyo (JPN)
NOC Japan


Prince Tsuneyoshi Takeda graduated from cavalry school and then served in the Imperial Army from 1928-45, reaching the rank of colonel. He became a Prince when he married Princess Mitsuko Sanjo, youngest daughter of Prince Kimiteru Sanjo, in 1934. After World War II Takeda attempted to go into business but his company went bankrupt. He then turned to sports administration, serving as President of the Japanese Skating Association from 1948, President of the Japanese Equestrian Federation, and he was President of the Japanese Olympic Committee from 1962-69. Takeda was co-opted onto the IOC in 1967, resigning in 1981. He served on the Executive Board from 1970-75, and his son, Tsunekazu Takeda, became an IOC Member in 2012.

Organization roles

Role Organization Tenure NOC As
Vice President Organizing Committee for the Games of the XVIII Olympiad 1959—1965 JPN Tsuneyoshi, Prince Takeda
President Japanese Olympic Committee 1962—1969 JPN Tsuneyoshi, Prince Takeda
Member International Olympic Committee 1967—1981 JPN Tsuneyoshi, Prince Takeda
Executive Board Member International Olympic Committee 1970—1975 JPN Tsuneyoshi, Prince Takeda
Honorary International Olympic Committee 1981—1992 JPN Tsuneyoshi, Prince Takeda

Olympic family relations

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