Tuesday, Jan 26, 2021
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Think about 206 different countries and 40-plus different sports that need to be regulated by the same rules. Think about bringing 11,000 of them to the Olympic Games. Some of them cheat by using prohibited performance-enhancing substances and those who play fair need to be protected. Can all this possibly work?
Richard (Dick) W. Pound is a member of the International Olympic Committee since 1978 and has held the position of vice president twice: from 1987 to 1991 and from 1996 to 2000. He was Chairman of the Olympic Games Study Commission from 2002 to 2004. He was Chairman of the IOC’s Coordination Commission for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and, from 1984 to 2001, directed, inter alia, all Olympic television negotiations, marketing and sponsorships.
He was the founding Chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency (1999-2007) and remains a member of its Foundation Board. Another independent commission which he chaired released a report that accused the Russian state of involvement in illegal doping, corruption and spying in sport. INTERPOL was drawn into the investigation as a result.
He was a director of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games throughout the existence of that organization. From 2007 to 2018, he was a member of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport.
Olympic finalist at the Games of the XVII in Rome in 1960 in 100 m. freestyle and 4 x 100 m. relay swimming. Gold medallist in 110 yd. freestyle, and silver medallist in 440 yd. and in 880 yd. freestyle relays at the 1962 Commonwealth Games.
Richard has been inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame for his achievements in sports, both as an athlete and as an executive.
Richard was Chancellor of McGill University (1999-2009) and Chancellor Emeritus effective July 1, 2009, and was Chair of the Board of Governors (1994-1999).
In 1992, Richard was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada (O.C.) and in December 2014 was promoted to Companion of the Order of Canada (C.C.), the highest level of the Order, which recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the country.