Boris Bakrac was born in Slavonska Pozega on 25 March 1912. He was elected to the IOC at the session in Rome during the Games of the XVII Olympiad in 1960. He remained an IOC member until 1987, when he voluntarily resigned his membership not wanting to exercise the right to lifelong membership.
He possessed comprehensive knowledge of the global Olympic movement; was an influential IOC member and had excellent relationships with IOC Presidents Avery Brundage, Lord Killanin and Juan Antonio Samaranch. Juan Antonio Samaranch presented him with the Association’s highest award, the IOC Olympic Prize – an Olympic gold medal – for his contribution to the promotion of sports and the Olympic movement.
Boris Bakrac, a civil engineer, held prominent political, state, economic and cultural posts in Zagreb and Croatia. He was President of the Croatian Football Federation and Croatian Sports Association from 1952 to 1962 and of the Yugoslav Olympic Committee from 1952 to 1960.
He was dedicated to the organisation of the 14th Session of the IOC Executive Board with National Olympic Committees, which was held in Dubrovnik in 1969, and to the organisation of the 1979 Mediterranean Games in Split, the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo and the 1987 University Games in Zagreb, for which he was Vice-President of the Organising Committee.
Boris Bakrac was also a prolific sports writer; he published articles on sports and the Olympic movement in daily newspapers and sports magazines. For his contribution to the development of Croatian sport, he received the Croatian Physical Culture Lifetime Achievement Award in 1981 and the Croatian Physical Culture Association Trophy in 1958. He died in Zagreb on 29 November 1989.