Golden 25 -- South African Sports Leader #12 Sam Ramsamy

(ATR) Sam Ramsamy is the ranking IOC member from Africa and the leading advocate for its first Olympics.

As a VP of FINA and newly elected president of the African Swimming Confederation, the South African’s duties are ever on the rise.

At age 74, he still has six years left on the IOC and two years on the Executive Board.

While his role on the Coordination Commission for London came to a close in 2012, his spot on the Program Commission takes on newfound importance in 2013.

After presentations last Wednesday in Lausanne, he and his colleagues are tasked with preparing the report that will inform EB members on which of seven shortlisted sports to recommend for addition to the 2020 Olympics – and which to cut from the Games.

As chair of the Sport for All Commission, he’s also in charge of the 15th IOC World Conference on Sport for All coming up April 24 to 27 in Lima, Peru.

Whichever candidate he supports for IOC president is sure to see some votes from Africa.

And with the host vote for 2020 looming in September, he is already thinking several steps ahead. Ramsamy is expected to play a role within South Africa and the IOC to launch a properly timed bid for the Games – most likely from his hometown of Durban, most likely for 2024.

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Written and reported by the ATR Staff.