Sam Ramsamy Elected President of the Confederation of African Swimming

By Community | September 18, 2012

South Africa’s Sam Ramsamy had been elected to succeed Mustapha Larfaoui as the President of the Confederation of African Swimming (CANA), sale following the Algerian’s decision to step down from the post that he had held since the birth of the organisaton, generic in 1972.

Ramsany steps up from his previous position of CANA Vice-President after beating Nigeria’s Chief Thomas Olatokunbo by 14 votes to six at the Congress that took place during the African Championships in Nairobi.

Considered to be one of the most influent individuals in the recent history of the Olympic Movement, doctor Ramsamy also occupies the position of Vice-President of Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) and is the former President of Swimming South Africa.

As Chairman of the South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee (SANROC), from 1976 to 1990, he protested against discrimination in sport and was an outspoken campaigner against a white-only South African teams in international sporting events.