Thursday, April 22, 2010

Death of Juan Antonio Samaranch..ex-IOC boss

Former IOC president Samaranch dies
Wed, Apr 21, 2010 , Reuters ( report )

BARCELONA - Juan Antonio Samaranch, the 89-year-old former president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has died at the age of 89, the Barcelona hospital where he was being treated said on Wednesday.

Spaniard Samaranch, who was made the IOC's honorary life president when he stepped down in 2001, was admitted to the Quiron hospital on Sunday with acute heart problems and passed away at 1.25pm (7.25pm Singapore time), the hospital said.
He had died as a result of "cardio-respiratory failure" hospital doctor Rafael Esteban said in a statement.

"I cannot find the words to express the distress of the Olympic Family," IOC president Jacques Rogge said.
"We have lost a great man, a mentor and a friend who dedicated his long and fulfilled life to the Olympics."
Samaranch had suffered a number of health problems since his retirement and was admitted to hospital several times.

He ran the IOC with absolute authority for two decades and Barcelona's successful bid to host the 1992 Olympics was seen as his personal triumph.
He stepped down in July 2001, 21 years after he had been elected as the IOC's seventh president, and was made life president when he handed power to Rogge.

I have attended numerous Coaching Courses in many disiplines, sports and games from Basic to Advance and even higher my long career.
This International Olympic Committee ( IOC ) Certificate for Level 3 Badminton Coaching was at that time the Highest level of achievement for our local Badminton coaches.
That was in 1998.
Among those in the course with me were some of the top Badminton stars of their day. Champions like Hamid Khan, Zarinah Abdullah, Richard Chee, Wong Shoon Keat and so many more.
This Certificate carries the signature of Grame Robson the Course Director from N Z, Dr Yeo Ning Hong - President, National Olympic Committee Singapore and the most memorable of all...Senor Juan Antonio Samaranch - President of the I O C.

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