Vice-President of the European Fair-Play Movement, Former Olympic gold medal winner in gymnastics
“In 2014 we celebrate 20 years of the EFPM – European Fair Play Movement, established by FIFA in Zurich in 1994. This incidence once again shows the interconnection and interaction between sports and business.
Since then they have both become global and sport has changed from amateur to professional. Today, both sport and business need stricter rules and regulations, more external supervision, as well as more self-regulation and self-control.
From a global perspective we should nevertheless stay focused on the human being, on each individual, and make sure to raise the awareness of tolerance, fair play, mutual respect and understanding as well as basic human values to be applied both in business and sporting worlds.”
Born in Ljubljana in 1939, Mr. Cerar graduated from the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana in 1964 and kept his private office as an attorney from 1973 to his retirement in 2005. Since 1992 he has been active as sports official, first as an individual founder of the Slovenian Olympic Committee – Association of Sports Federations and been its Executive Committee member ever since; he was also the founder and the president of the Slovenian Olympic Academy and became the first and only President of the Club of the Slovenian Olympians.
He was double Olympic champion on pommel horse in 1964 and 1968 and won bronze medals on horizontal bar (Tokyo and Mexico); he won two medals – gold on pommel horse and bronze on parallel bars at Pre-Olympic Games in 1963 and 1967 (Tokyo and Mexico) and has won in total 6 medals at the World Championships, 21 medals at the European Championships and 15 medals at the Mediterranean Games.
He was awarded the “Olympic Order (L´Ordre Olympique)”, the highest award of The International Olympic Committee and the highest state awards of former Yugoslavia and the Republic of Slovenia. From 1995 to today he has been appointed by the Slovenian Government as the National Ambassador of Sport, Tolerance and Fair Play, and in 1994 he was one of the founders of the EFPM (European Fair Play Movement) and remained a member till now.
In 2013 he took over the position of EFPM Vice – President. Since 2008 Mr. Cerar has also been a member of the International Committee for Fair Play (CIFP) Council.