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Alexandros, Count Merkati

Full name: Alexandros Merkati
Original name: Αλέξανδρος Μερκατι
Gender: Male
Born: October 22, 1874 in Zakynthos, Ionia Nesia, Greece
Died: April 5, 1947 in Athina, Attiki, Greece
Country: GRE Greece
Sport: Golf

Related Olympians: Son-in-law of Daria Pratt.

Biography

Count Alexandros Merkati was an important figure in the early history of the Olympic Games. He was a friend of Pierre de Coubertin and introduced de Coubertin to Crown Prince Konstantine who provided Royal support for the 1896 Athina Olympics. Merkati himself served as Secretary-General of the 1896 Organizing Committee. He was a founding member and President of the Athina Tennis Club and was a member of the Compiègne Club near Paris. In 1900 an Olympic golf tournament was held at the Compiègne Club and Merkati competed, finishing 11th of 12 entrants.

Merkati was Court Chamberlain to several Kings of Greece, was Grand Marshall to the Royal Court of Greece, and was secretary to the Empress of Austria. When Sophokles Venizelos led the Greek socialist revolution, Merkati was at risk of persecution for his royal connections but escaped and lived in exile for 10 years on the isle of Zante, where he had been born. During his exile, the Greeks tried to appoint new IOC Members but de Coubertin fully supported Merkati and never allowed the new members. Merkati fully supported the 1906 Intercalated Olympics and informed the IOC that the Greeks had full intention of holding such Games every four years between scheduled Olympic Games, but the 1910 Intercalated Olympics, and subsequent ones, never occurred.

Merkati was prominent in IOC Sessions and at the 1921 Lausanne Session he proposed that host cities should place the names of the winners of all events on inscribed plaques at the main Olympic Stadia. It was expected that Stockholm (1912) and Antwerpen (1920) would also do this, but Stockholm did not add the winners’ names until 1966 and Antwerpen never inscribed the names at the Beerschot Stadium.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1900 Summer 25 Paris Golf Men's Individual Greece GRE 11

Men's Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank TS
1900 Summer 25 Paris Golf Greece Final Standings 11 246
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