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Victor de Laveleye

Full name: Victor Auguste de Laveleye
Gender: Male
Born: November 5, 1894 in Brussels, Région de Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
Died: December 14, 1945 in Ixelles, Région de Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
Country: BEL Belgium
Sport: Tennis

Biography

Victor de Laveleye was a nephew of [Édouard-Émile, Baron de Laveleye], chairman of the Belgium Olympic Committee. Victor played tennis at the 1920 and 1924 Olympics and was an alternate, who did not play, on the Belgian 1928 hockey team. He became a politician and government minister, who was also a radio announcer during World War II for Radio Belgique. He was a municipality Council member of Sint-Gillis, President of the Liberal Party (1936-37), and a Liberal member of parliament (1939-45) for the Bruxelles District. De Laveleye was minister of justice (1937) and public education (1944-45).

De Laveleye is best known for urging the Belgian people to adopt the upraised index and middle fingers in a V sign, signifying its use for victory, standing for victoire in French and vrijheid in Dutch.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Tennis Men's Singles Belgium BEL 17T
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Tennis Men's Doubles Belgium-4 BEL 17T
1924 Summer 29 Paris Tennis Men's Singles Belgium BEL 33T
1924 Summer 29 Paris Tennis Men's Doubles Belgium-2 BEL 16T

Men's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Tennis Belgium BEL Round Two Match #8 2 Kumagae (JPN) 3, de Laveleye (BEL) 0 0
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Tennis Belgium BEL Round One Match #6 1 1920-08-16 de Laveleye (BEL) 3, Langaard (NOR) 1 3
1924 Summer 29 Paris Tennis Belgium BEL Round Two Match #30 2 Richards (USA) 3, de Laveleye (BEL) 0 0
1924 Summer 29 Paris Tennis Belgium BEL Round One Match #29 AC 1924-07-13 de Laveleye (BEL) bye

Men's Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Tennis Belgium-4 BEL Joseph Halot Round One Match #6 2 ESP-1 3, BEL-4 1 1
1924 Summer 29 Paris Tennis Belgium-2 BEL Jean Washer Round Two Match #3 2 ITA 3, BEL-2 0 0
1924 Summer 29 Paris Tennis Belgium-2 BEL Jean Washer Round One Match #5 AC 1924-07-14 BEL-2 bye
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