Death of Alain Danet, IOC Honour Member
It is with great sadness that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has learnt today of the death of Alain Danet, an IOC honour member since 2000, and a member of the Press Commission since 1992.
Born in 1931 in Paris, Mr Danet started his career as a lawyer, before managing several departments, including that of commercial services, at Le Figaro.
President of the Académie des Sports since 1991, Mr Danet worked actively to create the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in 1968, and was a member of the Executive Committee of this association from 1993 to 1997. From 1995 onwards, he was also an advisor to the President of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC).
Within the French National Olympic Committee (CNOSF), he was a member of the Administration Board from 1961 to 1966, Secretary General in 1961, Treasurer in 1969 and Vice-President in 1972. He was Chef de Mission at the Olympic Games from 1964 to 1980.
A former player, he was President of the French Hockey Federation from 1960 to 1964, and from 1972 to 1980, and then President of the European Hockey Federation from 1974 to 2003.
A great ambassador of French sport, Mr Danet was head of the ministerial Mission to promote France’s international image through sport from 1995 to 1997. He was made a Commander of the Legion of Honour in 2003, a Commander of the National Order of Merit in 1988, and a Chevalier of the Order of Academic Palms in 1990.
The IOC expresses its deepest sympathy to Mr Danet’s family.