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The President

Olegario Vázquez Raña (MEX)

6th ISSF President, in charge since 1980



ISSF Headquarters

Bavariaring 21

D-80336 München - Germany

Phone: +49 89 5443550

Fax: +49 89 54435544

Email: munich@issf-sports.org



Camino a Santa Teresa 1055

Col. Héroes de Padierna

Mexico, D.F. 10700

Telephone:  (52-5) 652-2727

Telephone & Fax:  (52-5) 5652-8565


Date & Place of Birth       
December 10, 1935 in Mexico City


Marital Status   
Married to Mrs. María de los Ángeles Aldir de
Three children:
Mrs. María de los Ángeles Vázquez de Boullosa
Mrs. Mónica Vázquez de Ahued
Lic. Olegario Vázquez Aldir
Seven grandchildren:
Gelita, Antonio and Manuel Boullosa Vázquez
Marcela, Valeria and Regina Vázquez Garza
María Roberta and Mónica Ahued Vázquez


Olegario Vázquez Raña attended the Colegio Simón, in Mexico. He attended higher studies in business administration and several seminars in financial matters.

He holds a degree of Doctor Honoris Causa granted by the LaSalle University of Mexico for his contributions to the development of science, art and well-being of humanity, and a Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration presented by the University of Kyungnam (KOR) for his outstanding contributions to Korean-Mexican business relations and education.

Languages Spoken:

Spanish, English, Portuguese


Chairman of the Board and Principal Shareholder of Grupo Empresarial Angeles, a holding company that employs 26,000 people and includes the following divisions:  

Health: 20 Hospital Angeles, hospitals, clinics, clinical laboratories and a rehabilitation center nationwide;
Education: private schools;
Retail: 7 specialized stores (Hermanos Vázquez);
Services: More than 70 restaurants:
Tourism: 28 renowned Camino Real luxury hotels in Mexico and the USA; Construction of commercial and residential projects with the highest quality standards;
Finance: Grupo Financiero Multivalores, which hold a bank, an insurance company and a brokerage firm;
Media: Grupo Imagen, a multimedia company that hold national newspaper Excelsior, a radio station network with 70 affiliates and national Television network Cadena Tres.  


    - President of the Trust of the National Cancer Institute

    - Benefactor of the Papalote Children's Museum

    - Former President of the Mexican Red Cross

    - Member of the council of the DIF-DF in Magdalena Contreras

    - Adviser to the National Immigration Institute of the Ministry of the Interior

    - Honorary Member of the Council for Citizen Participation of the Attorney General of the Republic 72.


Olegario Vázquez Raña began his shooting career in 1956, and joined the Olympic sport in 1960. He was a member of the Mexican National team and participated in all the summer Olympic Games editions from 1964 and 1976.

At World level, Olegario Vázquez Raña participated in five World Championships between 1966 and 1979. At Continental level, he was representing Mexico in five Pan-American Games editions (1963 to 1979), two Shooting Championships of the Americas (1973 and 1977), and five Central American and Caribbean Games (from 1962 to 1978).

In Mexico, Olegario Vázquez Raña won the Mexican National “Match Inglés” and in the small-bore rifle three position championships for 19 consecutive times between 1961 and 1979. He won for six consecutive times the High Power Rifle 300m championship between 1967 and 1972, and the Air Rifle championship for 8 consecutive times between 1972 and 1979.

As a member of the Mexican Rifle team, Olegario Vazquez Raña also established several shooting records in rifle events, setting new records in 150, 200, 385 and 400m events. In 1968 he set the US Rifle Prone National Record with 400 points (out of 400), while competing at the USA National Championship in San Antonio, Texas.

In 1973 he set a World Record of 392 points in the 10m Air Rifle event at the 1st Shooting Championship of the Americas held in Mexico. Two years later, competing at the 1975 Pan-American Games in Mexico, he broke his own world record, scoring 393 points in the Air Rifle match.


In his career as sport leader and sport protagonist, Olegario Vázquez Raña received several honours and awards from international sport organizations, international authorities and bodies, shooting associations, and other organization. Among these:

- Annual El Heraldo de México Award in Sports (1968, 1973, 1975, 1976 - Mexico)

- National Sports Award, granted by the Mexican Government (1975 - Mexico)

- Gold Medal of the German Shooting Federation (1982 - West Germany)

- Medal of Merit from the Swedish Shooting Federation, granted by H. M. King Gustav of Sweden. (1982 - Sweden)

- Gold Medal to Merit in Sports, from the Austrian Government and the Austrian Shooting Federation (1983 - Austria)

- Blue Cross of the International Shooting Union (1983 – Austria)

- Olympic Order from the IOC, granted by H. E. Juan Antonio Samaranch, President of the IOC. (1984 - U.S.A.)

- Gold Medal to Merit in Sports, granted by H. M. Juan Carlos I of Spain and the Royal Olympic Shooting Federation (1984 - Spain)

- The "Grande Médaille Echelon Vermeil" of the City of Paris, by the French Shooting Federation, granted by Mr. Jacques Chirac, Mayor of Paris (1986 – France)

- "The Luchador Olmeca " granted to the best President of a National Federation of 1982-1988 (1988 - Mexico)

- Presented with the Gran Orden de la Reforma (Great Order of the Reform) with a degree of Gran Orden Matías Romero (2000 - Mexico).

- Named by the National Sports Commission (CONADE) one of the Mexican Athletes of the XX Century (2000 – Mexico)

- The Spanish Government grants him the Grand Cross of Civil Merit, presented by the President of the Government of the Kingdom of Spain, José María Aznar, at the Palace of la Moncloa, Madrid (Spain – 2003) 


1969 - Designated Federative Member of the Mexican Olympic Committee

1972 - Participates in and organizes 21 International "Benito Juárez" Shooting Competitions from 1972 to 1992, in the category of World Cups or qualifying competitions for the Olympic Games, Mexico City.

1974 - Elected permanent Member of the Mexican Olympic Committee

1975 - Assumes the Presidency of the Mexican Shooting Federation, a position that he holds until 1992, when he voluntarily resigned.

1979 - Elected by general acclaim as President of the Shooting Confederation of the Americas, a position that he hold from 1979 to 2001.

1979 - Designated member of the board of the Mexican Sports Confederation

1980 - Elected President International Shooting Union - now the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) - a position that he still holds nowadays after 8 consecutive re-elections.

1981 - Promoted to the position of Commissioner of the Mexican Sports Confederation

1983 - Unanimously elected Vice-President of the Mexican Sports Confederation, a position he held for two terms until 1992 when, due to prior commitments, he voluntarily resigns to the position.

1986 - Designated Member of the Commission for Olympic Solidarity of the International Olympic Committee, a position he holds until January of 1999, when he voluntarily resigned.

1987 – Elected Member of the Council of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations – ASOIF. He was then re-elected in this position in 1989 and 1993 and 1999.

1989 - Accredited as Distinguished member of the Support Committee of the Ministry of Sports Development of the National Executive Committee of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).

1989 - Elected Lifetime Honorary President of the Mexican Shooting Federation.

1992 - Designated member of the Jury of the 1992 Barcelona Cultural Olympics

1992 - Member of the Inquest Commission of the IOC representing the Summer Olympic International Federations for the candidate cities for the Olympic Games.

1994 - Member of the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee.

1994 - Member of the Commission for New Sources of Financing of the IOC.

1995 - Elected by general acclaim as Member of the IOC during its 104th Session in Budapest, Hungary.

2006 - Unanimously re-elected as President of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF)

2010 - Unanimously re-elected as President of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF), at the ISSF General Assembly held in Munich, Germany.


1981 - Founds the African Shooting Confederation.

1983 - Incorporates separate events for women and men in all disciplines of the Program for the Olympic Games in Los Angeles 1984, except for the trap and skeet events.

1983 - Incorporates the 10 m. Air Rifle Event for men and the 10 m. Air Rifle Event for women into the Olympic Games Program for Los Angeles 1984.

1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles 1984

1987 - Incorporates the 10 m. Air Pistol event for men and 10 m Air Pistol for women to the Olympic Program in Seoul 1988.

1988 - Establishes the changes top the Constitution and the system of final qualifying events for the Olympic Games.

1988 - Establishes the "quota" system for participation in the Olympic Games.

1992 - Establishes the electronic system for targets in the Barcelona Olympic Games.

1992 - Obtains live television coverage of the shooting finals in the Barcelona Olympic Games.

1994 - Incorporates the Double Trap event for men and the Double Trap event for women into the Olympic Program in Atlanta 1996.

1994 - Presents the video which shows the most important moments of the shooting sport and declares that there are two historic eras in sports: the Coubertin era and the era of excellence in sports of J.A. Samaranch.

1997 - Incorporates the trap event for women and the skeet event for women into the Olympic Program for Sydney 2000.

1998 - Change of the official name of the Federation from International Shooting Union (UIT) to International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF).

2000 - Two additional women’s shotgun events, trap and skeet, are added to the program of Sydney 2000

2000 – Olympic Games in Sydney 2000

2004 – Olympic Games in Athens 2004

2005 – Introduces ISSF TV, the television production of the International Shooting Sport Federation

2007 – Presides the celebrations for the 100-year anniversary of the ISSF

2006 – Presides the 2006 ISSF World Championships, which sets a record in participation.

2008 – Olympic Games in Beijing 2008

2010 – Presides the 2010 ISSF World Championships, which sets a new record in participation.

2011 – Promotes changes in the competition format of the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol events

2012 – Olympic Games in London 2012

2013 – Promotes the introduction of new final rules for the Olympic shooting events



1st president - Pierre François Daniel Merillon, France 1907 - 1925

1st_merillon_fra_s.gif Born in July of 1852 in Bordeaux, died in August in 1925.
He was the first elected UIT president from 1907 to his death, always re-elected until August 1925. He was a man of law, a town councillor, then representative in the French Parliament. His high-flying career as jurist was marked by his appointment to attorney general of the Supreme Court of Justice in Paris. In 1898, he was elected chief justice, then honorary chairman of the court of justice.
He was decorated with the Great Cross of the French Legion of Honor but he also had received other distinctions from the kings of Belgium, Holland and Sweden.

2nd president - Jean Carnot, France 1927 - 1947

2nd_carnot_fra_s.gif Born in July 1881, died in 1969.
Right after Merillon’s death, he was charged with leading UIT, but as early as 1927, he was elected to the office of president which he held until 1947. After his retirement, he remained honorary president for life. Qualified mining engineer, member of the French State Inspection of Mines, parliament representative from 1924, officer of the French Legion of Honor, commander of the Swedish Wasa Order.

3rd president - Erik Carlsson, Sweden 1947 - 1960

3rd_carlsson_swe_s.gif Born in November 1889, died in August 1971.
UIT president from 1947 to 1960, then honorary president.Swedish deputy ambassador in Austria from 1934 to 1938, later editorial chief of several Swedish newspapers. President of the Swedish shooting federation from 1942 to 1953. He spoke many languages and even delivered the opening address of the 1958 world championships in Moscow in Russian.

4th president - Kurt Hasler, Switzerland 1960 - 1976

4th_hasler_sui_s.gif Born in March 1901 in Zurich, died on August 23, 1988.
Elected as the UIT president in 1960, resigned in 1976.
Became a doctor of law in 1925, studied in Zurich, Geneva, London and Florence. In 1927, he became a member of the Swiss Supreme Court and Zurich court of justice. In 1930, he was employed at the largest Swiss insurance company and was chairman from 1961 to 1971. Artillery officer in 1922, staff-colonel from 1946-52, working in the army headquarters from 1953 to 1960.President of the Swiss shooting federation from 1958 to 1960, chairman of the European Shooting Committee, starting in 1958.

5th president - George Andrew Vichos, Greece 1976 - 1980

5th_vichos_gre_s.gif Born in Athens, January 1915
Leading person in UIT from 1947. President from 1976 to 1980.
Passed his law exam at the Athens University of Economic and Political Sciences.In 1941 on military service in Albania, major of the resistance groups in Athens from 1941 to 1944, then staff-officer in the re-organized Greek army in Athens and Cairo.Practicing lawyer in Athens. Secretary of the State Commission for Sport till 1965 but also president of several Greek and foreign sporting clubs. Honorary freeman of a number of US cities. Shooting champion already at 14, 18 caps in the national shooting team, multiple record holder, participant at the 1936 and 1948 olympic games.