The United States Sports Academy has chosen Dr. Julio Cesar Maglione, President of the International Swimming Federation (FINA), to be honored with a 2015 Distinguished Service Award (DSA).
The DSA is given annually to those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to national or international sport through education, research or service. Each nominee must possess an extensive background in sport, which means that the individual must have had significant dealings in instruction, research or service in sport for more than 10 years.
The Montevideo, Uruguay native will turn 80 in November of 2015, but he is as active and involved as some professionals half his age, serving as the Uruguayan Olympic Committee (COU) President, a post he has held since 1987. Educated in Odontology, Maglione has twice held the position of President of the National Committee of Physical Education and Sport of Uruguay (1985-1990 and 1995-2000), and the position of Vice-Minister of Public Health (1991-92).
A standout swimmer in his youth, Maglione was a national champion and record-holder in the 100- and 200-meter butterfly and breaststroke from 1954 through 1960, and was part of the South American record-holding, 4×100 medley relay squad in 1953. He also participated in the first University Games held in Brazil, and earned three medals at the Latin American Games in Havana, Cuba.
He’s been President of the National Automobile Club (1999-2007), Football National Association (1989), National Sports Confederation (1985-90), Swimming National Federation (1969-1985), and remains President for the National Olympic Academy.
Perhaps his most influential role has been directly linked with the sport for which is known best. Having been first elected in 2009 as President of FINA, the International Federation recognized by the IOC for administering international competition in aquatics. Maglione remains in that post and continues to push for advancements in swimming. One of his latest endeavors with FINA is creating a development program called “Scholarships for Swimmers – Targeting Rio 2016,” which is aimed at providing specific support to the Southeast Asian National Federations. The main goal of it is to provide the best training environment and structures possible to deserving athletes.
Among his many honors and awards, Maglione has been presented the ANOC Order of Merit (1994), FINA gold insignia, IOC Centennial Trophy (1994), NOC gold insignia, Royal Order of Merit in Sport of the Spanish Minister of Education and Science (1996).
He currently takes part in the coordinating efforts for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.
The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, regionally accredited, special mission Sports University created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy visit www.ussa.edu.