JOHN COATES AC LLB
John Coates has been a member of the Australian Olympic Committee (previously Australian Olympic Federation) Executive since 1982, Vice President 1985-1990 and President since 1990. He has been Chair of the Australian Olympic Foundation since it was established in 1995. He was Chef de Mission of the Australian Olympic Teams in Beijing, Athens, Sydney, Atlanta, Barcelona and Seoul and held other senior team positions in Los Angeles, Moscow and Montreal.
Mr Coates has been a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since 2001. He was an IOC Executive Board member, 2009-13 and Vice President 2013-17. He is Chairman of the IOC 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games Coordination and Legal Affairs Commissions and the IOC Delegate for Broadcast Rights negotiations in Oceania.
He has been a member of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS) since 1994, Vice President 1995-2010 and President ICAS and Court of Arbitration for Sport since 2010.
He was Vice President of the Sydney Olympic Bid, Senior Vice President of the Sydney Organising Committee for the 2000 Olympic Games (SOCOG) and Chairman of the SOCOG Sports Commission which was responsible for all sports programs. He was Executive Director, Brisbane 1992 Olympic Bid.
He is a former Council Member for Oceania of the International Rowing Federation (FISA), President of the Australian Amateur Rowing Council, Deputy Chairman of the Australian Institute of Sport and Sports Commission; and Board member of the Sydney Olympic Park Authority.
Mr Coates is a graduate in law (LLB) from Sydney University, Special Counsel at Kemp Strang Lawyers and Chair of William Inglis & Son Ltd. He served on the Board of David Jones Limited for 17 years, the last eight as Deputy Chairman.
Mr Coates became a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 1989 for service to rowing and was appointed an Officer (AO) in 1995 for service to the advancement of sport and the Olympic Movement. He was awarded the Olympic Order in Gold at the Closing Ceremony of the Sydney Olympics and the FISA Medal of Honour during those Games. He was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2001 and Centenary Medal in 2003. In 2006 he was appointed to the country’s highest civilian honour as a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AC) “for service to the development of sport nationally and internationally through the Olympic movement promoting the well-being of youth and values of tolerance, understanding, peace and mutual respect between peoples of the world”.
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