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Tennis 100 years BDC - EXPO
Joseph Francois (1929-2009)
Fri 28 Oct One of the leaders of the 2nd half of the 20th century within the Belgian Deaf Sports Federation
Founding member of the Woluwe S.S.B. club, he became director-commissioner since 1952, deputy secretary of the Federation since 1955 until 1960 when he became president of the Home for the Deaf in Woluwe and could no longer combine it.

Since 1956, he was also elected commissioner of Tennis within C.I.S.S.

Joseph Francois announced before the 1983 C.I.S.S. Congress that after five World Games he was putting an end to his mandate as Technical Director Tennis within C.I.S.S.. Thanks to him, tennis could be developed mainly through the establishment of the Dresse Cup (1960) for men and the Maere Cup (1968) for women.

Within our Federation, Joseph was also secretary of the Belgian Selection Commission for the Silent Games from 1957 to 1977 (six Olympiads).

He became president of the Federation 1997 - 2001 and 2006-2009. In 1996, he also became director B.S.V.G. - F.S.B.H. (Belgian Sports Federation for the Disabled) until 2000.

He has always fiercely defended the autonomy of our federation's sports management.

Palmares - Erelijst
KONINKLIJK SPORTVERBOND DER DOVEN VAN BELGIË (nu Belgian Deaf sport Committee) 
  • Voorzitter 1997 - 2002, 2007 - 2008  
  • Ondervoorzitter 1981 – 1997 
  • Secretaris – Generaal  1955 - 1960 
  • Technisch afgevaardigde tennis 1956 – 1983 
  •  27 jaar lid Raad van Bestuur KSVDB waaronder ook verantwoordelijke transfercommissie  
 
INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE of SPORTS for the DEAF  
  • Technical Director Tennis 1956 - 1983  
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