Josep Lluís Vilaseca, vice president of Organizing Committee of the Barcelona 92 Games, former member of the Spanish Olympic Committee, former manager of Barça and former member of UEFA, among many other positions, died this morning at the age of 90.
A law graduate from the University of Barcelona, Vilaseca is a key figure in the shaping and modernization of Catalan sports institutions. One of his main tasks was to be, between 1987 and 1992, vice president of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Organizing Committee.
He was a manager of Barça during the presidency of Agustín Montal
In addition, he was a member of the Barcelona Bar Association and was a director of Barcelona during the presidency of Agustí Montal Costa (1969-1977). He was the first General Secretary of l’Esport de la Generalitat, member of the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE), presiding over the Spanish Court of Arbitration for Sport. His role transcended our country, since he was also president of the Legal and Disciplinary Commission of UEFA in 1996.
In 2018 he received the special prize of the COE Juan Antonio Samaranch, a tribute that coincided with his manifest intention to withdraw from public life. This award was joined by other relevant ones such as the Creu de Sant Jordi and the Olympic Order of the IOC, as well as the UEFA Order of Merit.
In the political sphere, he participated in the founding of the Democratic Convergence of Catalonia in 1974 in the Montserrat monastery. From 1980 to 1988 he was Director General of Sports of the Generalitat, with the rank of Secretary General from 1988 to 1995. In addition, he was a deputy in the Parliament of Catalonia for CiU as a result of the regional elections of 1995. He was also a Jury of the Awards of the Prince of Asturias Foundation. In 2002 he received the Cross of Sant Jordi and in 2007 he received the UEFA Order of Merit.
At the 2018 tribute, Gerard Figueras, current Secretary General, assured “you are the father of the sports model in this country. From the General Directorate of l’Esport and later the General Secretary of l’Esport, you built a model four decades later, it is still in force and ultimately successful. And I stay with your ways, you stand out for being a man who always had dialogue as a flag, sport ahead and you have put everything to be able to find a meeting point. If we get to the bottom of your shoes we can consider ourselves well paid ”.