The figure and name of Juan Antonio Samaranch is being heard a lot these days, mainly due to his passing away as the sports leader who led the organization of the Olympic Games Barcelona 1992.
But according to e-noticies.cat, there was another Samaranch, marked by extensive experience in the ranks of the Franco regime. The Gran Enciclopedia Catalana also claims that he was a “militant of the Falange from young.” In fact, in May 1938, aged 18, he had to join the armed forces of the Republic, but their ideological preferences were far from the Republicans and so went to France. He then returned to the area controlled by Franco, and later joined the Falange.
Dedicated to sports journalism, joining the Falange allowed for a political career under Franco – thus he was appointed alderman of sports in the City of Barcelona, where he served between 1955 and 1962. However, the step that gave momentum to his political career was his election as attorney general in the Courts of Barcelona. He held that seat for several legislatures, between 1967 and 1977. Samaranch was well regarded by the leaders of the Movement while serving in his seat as prosecutor as a representative of Catalonia in the National Sports Delegation and after being appointed national delegate for Spain for Physical Education and Sports.
Since 1956 he was a member of the Spanish Olympic Committee, who presided from 1967 to 1970. During his tenure he was promoted to the International Olympic Committee, and from the presidency of this body led to the granting of the Olympic Games of Barcelona in the year 1992. He presided over the Provincial Council of Barcelona between 1973 and 1977.
Despite his political career under the command of Franco, Juan Antonio Samaranch received, among other awards, the Gold Medal of the Generalitat of Catalonia (1985), the Prince of Asturias Award for Sports (1988) and the gold medal of the city of Barcelona (1993). In 1991 the King of Spain appointed him Marquis of Samaranch.