THE OLYMPIC BEAUTY OF SPORT.
I have lived many things. In the professional field, I started working at nineteen years old, as a law intern and never stopped. In addition to the years of internship with those of practicing law, there are thirty-five years of uninterrupted dedication to the profession I have chosen.
Of course, I always worked hard to try to do my best. But I think that if it had not been for the generous dedication of my teachers, colleagues, clients and friends, it would have been much more difficult to achieve the achievements of which I am very proud. That is why I say that, over time, I have always learned much more than I taught. Even when I was invited to teach Olympic Education classes in the master’s course in sports law at one of the most important colleges in Europe, I learned much more than I taught. The best way to learn is to be at the head of a class of Master’s students from all over the world. The debates with the students are extremely enriching.
When I did my specialization in comparative law in the capital markets in Canada, many people were interested in knowing about Brazilian regulation for the sector, an emerging country that was opening up to the world. This made me study barbarously Brazilian law issues so that, in the next class, I could have the answers that my classmates expected from me. Brazil was seen as a country with enormous potential. The debates with Canadian and foreign students are still very vivid in my memory. I learned a lot in that period.
At a certain point in my professional life, I was appointed by the governor of my State to hold a public office. I accepted it because it was a technical activity, directly linked to the day-to-day of my professional activity: corporate law. Upon taking office, my first action was to bring together all the employees of the agency for which I was responsible in the auditorium. I brought everyone together, without exception, the security guards, the pantry, cleaning staff, department heads, technicians, directors, ombudsman. I told them that I could only do a good job if each of them shared their work experiences in that place with me. It was an incredibly healthy and productive meeting. There were people who had been working in the same place for years and had never even exchanged a simple “good morning.” Each one freely expressed their happiness for being there, their hardships, uncertainties and suggestions for improvement. I heard a lot more than I said. I asked for only two things: (a) to know that poorly rendered public services are precarious citizenship. And as civil servants, we should go beyond the limits of our strength to serve the population well; and (b) that in the public service there would be no room for any act that is not one hundred percent correct. Honesty was a non-negotiable concept. It was a fantastic time in my life. Those meetings were repeated a few times and I am sure that the population that sought us received better services from the State.
I try never to do anything alone. I always try to debate ideas, listen to people and, above all, respect contrary opinions. I am very grateful to those who donate a little of their time so that, in conversation, we can always find the best way. There is nothing like listening carefully to someone who knows something well. I am sure that I would not have achieved my professional titles if I had not listened carefully to my interlocutors.
Sport is also an inseparable part of my life. Sport teaches in practice that we are all equal. In sports fields there is no room for political, racial, religious, colored, ethnic, or thought discrimination. If every child in the world were raised in sports, I have no hesitation in saying that the world today would be much better. Sport teaches that winning does not just mean getting ahead, but that overcoming your best mark is already a big victory; that the important thing is not how many times you lose, but how many times you get up and go ahead even stronger.
I played basketball, I was an athletics athlete at Club Pinheiros and it was in the sports squares that I made my closest friends and lasting. One of the best experiences (perhaps the best) was my degree in Olympic Studies at the International Olympic Academy. What a formidable period, how many experiences acquired, how many teachings I received. The Olympic Academy in Olympia has an air of poetry that is impossible to describe in words.
Life in college sports was also very pleasant, spontaneous, typical of young athletes who bring with them the most ideal ideals of the sport.
Even my experience as a Arbitrator at the Arbitration Court for Sport in Switzerland, which seemed to be a more serious job, became a possibility to have contact with the most renowned sport jurists from all over the planet, always willing to profess their valuable lessons. How I learned! I am a person who works in a team.
I have very different opinions, that I do not see as an enemy the one who respectfully disagrees with me. On the contrary, it is by listening to those who have other ideas that we can, together, seek the best ways.
For all this, I reaffirm that I believe in the Olympic beauty of Sport, generating and creating new energies, mentality and boundless vision, uniting peoples and giving them a condition of equality that no external element is capable of changing, both in their social aspect, as well as in its material sense.
I live learning.