Presidents BIO

Jerzy Jakobsche (2006 - )
Born in Cieplice Slaskie Zdroj on 1st November 1947
Graduated from Law Faculty of Jagiellonian University in Cracov and journalist faculty of Warsaw University
Married, 3 children
Journalist since 1970 (newspapers, radio, polish press
Agency, 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 Sports
Writers 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 Ski Federation Award in Sports Journalism
Silver service cross awarded by the president of the Republic of Poland

pres1Jerzy 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

Ski Federation 

Award in Sports Journalism Silver service cross awarded by the president of the Republic of


pres2Leif Nilsson (1998 - 2006)

Born in 1943 in Stockholm.For several years he had been an irreplaceable

reporter for the daily paper "Expressen" (athletics, basketball, football, ice

hockey etc.) and recently he has been editing turf (horse racing) in the same


 He is the president of the Swedish NSJA.Well experienced in organizing

press services at the biggest sports competitions. He was awarded with the

Swedish Athletic Association's and Swedish Basketball Association's Badge of Honour.

 From 1994 till 1998 he had been a member of the UEPS Board, while for the time being he is

the UEPS delegate for AIPS.

pres3Gianni 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

several books.

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.

pres4Elie 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

Journalists Association.

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


pres5Frank 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.

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