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Henri de Baillet-Latour

(1876—1942)


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(1876–1942)

The third president (1925) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), on to which he had been elected in Belgium in 1903. He had founded the Belgian Olympic Committee in 1904, contributed to Belgium's participation in the London 1908 and Stockholm 1912 Olympics, and secured the 1920 Games for Antwerp, in his home nation. Baillet-Latour opposed commercialism, arguing consistently for the retention of core Olympic ideals, but was overtaken by the political momentum of the 1936 Berlin Olympics, and died in 1942 before the re-emergence of the Olympics after World War II. A very severe, almost melancholic-looking, Baillet-Latour was photographed at the opening ceremony of the 1936 Winter Olympics at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, sandwiched between Rudolf Hess and Adolf Hitler.

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