Sergey Bubka

President of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine, IOC Member


Sergey Bubka is an Olympic champion in pole vault who has made a significant impact on the sporting world. His vision helped create the concept for the IOC Athlete Career Programme, which he helped to launch and subsequently develop.

Sergey Bubka accomplishments in sport include: 35 world records; six consecutive World Championship Gold Medals (he held World Champion titles from 1983 to 1999); the only athlete to win six IAAF world championships; Olympic Gold in Seoul 1988; first person to clear 6 meters; jumped 6 meters or higher in 49 competitions; first and only person to clear 20 feet; current world record holder (6.14 outdoor, 6.15 indoor); won Goodwill Games, World Championships Indoor, European Championships, European Championship Indoor, European Cup.

Mr. Bubka is highly decorated; key awards and honorary titles include: Hero of Ukraine Award; Doctor Honorius Causa University of Sport Education Sofia; Honorary Citizen of Bratislava, Padova, Donetsk, Luganks and Abano Terme; UNESCO Champion for Sport 2003; L'Equipe Champion des Champions 1997; Prince of Asturias Award in Sports 1991; Best Sportsman of the Soviet Union for three years in a row, from 1984 to 1986; "Sportsperson of the Year".

In the area of Sport Administration, Mr. Bubka is or has held the following positions: President of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine; IOC Member; IOC Executive Board Member; IOC Athletes' Commission Member; IOC Athletes' Commission Chairman; EOC Athletes' Commission Chairman; IOC Evaluation Commission; Coordination Commission of IOC for Beijing; Head of Youth Olympic Games Singapore 2010 IOC Coordination Commission; IAAF Senior Vice-President; IAAF Council Member; IAAF Athletes' Commission Member; IAAF Competition Commission Member; Laureus World Sport Academy Member; EURO2012 UKR/POL Organising Committee Member; founder and organizer of Donetsk Pole Vault Meeting; member of the Ukrainian Parliament and its "Committee for Youth, Culture, Sport and Tourism"; Advisor on sports advisor to the President of Ukraine.

Sergey Bubka is also active in social programmes and charities; founder and President of Sports Club in Ukraine; Sergey Bubka Olympic Reserve Institute for Physical Education in Donetsk; UNDP – UN Development Programme; WHO – World Health Organisation Ambassador in Ukraine: Fight against Tuberculosis; UNESCO Ambassador and Champion for sports; Laureus Sport for Good Foundation; member of the Regional and Public Co-ordination Board for the Social Protection of Handicapped and Orphaned Children.