Jerzy Jakobsche (2006 -2010 )
Born in Cieplice Slaskie Zdroj on 1st November 1947
Graduated from Law Faculty of Jagiellonian University in Cracov and
journalist faculty of Warsaw UniversityMarried, 3 childrenJournalist since
1970 (newspapers, radio, polish pressAgency, editor "sport for all")
Vice president of the UEPS 2002-2006
Executive committee member of the UEPS since 1996
President, secretary general and member of the Polish SportsWriters Association Member of
the Polish Olympic Committee since January 28th 2005 Vice President (1996-2002) and
President of the Polish Archery federation since 15th January 2005 Winner of the International
Award in Sports Journalism Silver service cross awarded by the president of the Republic of
Gianni Merlo (1994 - 1998)
Born in 1947 in Vigevano.
He is one of the most profiled journalists of the Italian sports paper
"La Gazzetta dello Sport" (Milano), a specialist for athletics, skiing
and sports policy. He had been the publisher of the magazine
"Atletica Leggera" for a long time and participated in the publication of
From 1990 till 1994 he had been a member of the UEPS Board. Since 1986 he has been a
president of the AIPS Speciallist Commission for Athletics. He has covered 15 Olympic
Games - seven Summer and eight Winter.
Elie Sporidis (1982 - 1994)
Born in 1929 in Athens
Journalist since 1947, he was the publisher for several Greek papers
and magazines and a correspondent to many foreign media. Additionally,
he was a reporter for the agency AFP for a long time. From 1958 till 1986
he had been Vice President and Secretary General of the Greek Sports
He was a member of the Board of the International Olympic Academy, member of the IOC
Press Commission as well as the one for the Mediterranean Games. He had been the Vice
President of AIPS from 1993 to 1997.
He has been awarded with the AIPS gold medal, the award of the Press and IOC Olympic
Frank Taylor (1977 - 1981)
Born in 1920 in Manchester
He had been a sports journalist since 1937. He joined RAF during the
2nd World War (till 1946), where he was also an outstanding athlete
- footballer and sprinter.
He had worked for a number of British papers - "News Chronicle",
"Daily Herald", "Daily Mail", "The Sun" and then "Daily Mirror".
In 1958 he was seriously injured, but survived, in the plane crash at Munich, on the way back
from Belgrade with the football team of Manchester United.
He was a member of the Press Commissions of IOC and FIFA, while he had been an
AIPS President from 1973 till 1977 and from 1981 till 1993.