The International Olympic Committee (IOC) was deeply saddened to learn today of the death of Dr Kevin O’Flanagan, an IOC member from 1976 to 1995 and an honorary member since 1995.
Born in Dublin in 1919, Dr O’Flanagan played a major role in the field of Olympic sports medicine over several decades. He was a member of the British Olympic Medical Commission at the Games of the XIV Olympiad in London in 1948 and also an Olympic team doctor from 1960 to 1976. Member for Ireland on the Sports Medicine Committee of the Council of Europe for six years, he was also Vice-President of the Irish NOC.
During his medical career, he was Chairman of the National Rehabilitation Board in 1968, and President of the World Congress for Rehabilitation in Dublin in 1969. He was also on the Council of People for the Handicapped, USA.
Elected as an IOC member in 1976, Dr O’Flanagan was a member of the Medical Commission from 1980 to 1994, and of the Olympic Programme (summer) Commission from 1993 to 1994.
A keen sportsman, he was Irish 60 yards, 100 yards and long jump champion, as well as playing for his country internationally in rugby and football.
The IOC expresses its deepest sympathy to Dr Kevin O’Flanagan’s family.