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Celso Dayrit
President of the Fencing Confederation of Asia
In office
8th President of the Philippine Olympic Committee
In office
Preceded byCristy Ramos
Succeeded byPeping Cojuangco
Personal details
Born(1951-12-11)December 11, 1951
Manila, Philippines
DiedApril 28, 2021(2021-04-28) (aged 69)
RelationsFrancisco Sr. (father)
Sports career
Personal information
National teamPhilippines
Event(s)Epée. foil, sabre
Coached byFrancisco Dayrit Sr.
Medal record
Representing the  Philippines
Southeast Asian Games
Bronze medal – third place1987 Jakarta

Celso "Cito" Limjuco Dayrit (December 11, 1951 – April 28, 2021) was a Filipino fencer and sports executive who served as President of the Philippine Olympic Committee and the Fencing Confederation of Asia.
1 Early life and education
2 Career
2.1 Banking
2.2 Fencing career
2.3 As a sports executive
2.4 Publications
3 Honors and awards
4 Death
5 Personal life
6 References
Early life and education
Celso Dayrit was born on December 11, 1951 in Manila, Philippines. He learned fencing at age six and was trained by his father, Francisco Dayrit Sr.. He attended the De La Salle University, obtaining a bachelor's degree in business management in 1973 and later obtained a masters degree in business administration in 1978 at La Salle Business School.
Shortly after graduating from collegem Dayrit served managerial positions in the banking industry. He started his banking career in 1973, joining the Philippine Commercial & Industrial Bank. He also became Vice President of the BPI Credit Corporation, at the time credit cards are still being introduced in the Philippines.
Fencing career
Dayrit took up fencing as a competitive sports, partaking in various national and international competitions. He handled all three weapons in fencing; epée. foil, sabre. He represented the Philippines in international competitions from 1979 to 1988. At the 1987 Southeast Asian Games, he won a bronze medal. Dayrit was also given the Fencer of the Year Award for Epee in 1984.
As a sports executive
Celso Dayrit led the Philippine Fencing Association, the national sports association for fencing in the Philippines from 1997 to 2008. Simultaneously, he served as the President of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) from 1999 to 2004. In 2004, he made a bid for another term as POC President but withdrew his candidacy. Peping Cojuangco succeeded him.
He also became the President of the Fencing Confederation of Asia in 2005, leading the continental sports body until his death in 2021. He was serving his fifth term as president of the FCA at the time of his death.
The Philippine Sports Commission, the Philippine government's body for sports, had Dayrit as its commissioner from 1993 to 1998 during the tenure of President Fidel V. Ramos. Dayrit is largely involved in the founding of the Philippine National Games which was introduced in 1994.
Dayrit also has accreditation for being an International Course Director of the Olympic Solidarity Itinerant Administration School for sports leaders from the International Olympic Committee, being the only Filipino to have received the distinction.
He also founded the Philippine Olympic Academy and the Philippine Olympians Association.
He was part of the executive committee of the International Fencing Federation (FIE) from 2004 to 2020.
When the Philippines hosted the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, Dayrit was chairman of the Southeast Asian Games Federation. Although he resigned from the post in October 2019, less than two months prior to the opening of the games.
Dayrit published a book on Philippine sports entitled The Olympic Movement in the Philippines in 2003.
Honors and awards
The Olympic Council of Asia gave him an award in 2007. He is also a recipient of the Olympic Merit Award in the 2006 which was conferred to him by the Association of National Olympic Committees. In 1999, he became the fist Filipino to serve as head of the SEA Games Federation Executive Committee.The International Fencing Federation (FIE) recognize him as a Member of Honour (MH) and has been inducted to the FIE's Hall of Fame.
The Incheon University of South Korea has given him an honorary doctorate degree in 2007.
The Philippine Sportswriters Association conferred Dayrit a leadership award two times and is an inductee of the De La Salle Sports Hall of Fame.
Dayrit died on April 27, 2021 due to complications arising from COVID-19, amidst a pandemic of the disease.
Personal life
Celso Dayrit comes from a family heavily involved in the sport of fencing with his father Francisco Sr. who founded the Philippine Amateur Fencers Association (now Philippine Fencing Association) in the 1930s and is known for being the "Father of Philippine Fencing".
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