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09 Dec 2008
IOC News , Press Release

Death of Anani Matthia, Honorary Member of the IOC since 2007

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is greatly saddened to learn of the death of Anani Matthia, at the age of 81.
Elected as an IOC member in 1983, he was President of the Togolese National Olympic Committee between 1976 and 1995, and a member as an NOC representative of the Commission for the Olympic Movement (1982-1990) and the Olympic Solidarity Commission (1982-1989), as well as being a member of the Sport for All Commission (1989-2001)  before becoming an Honorary Member in 2007.
A pharmacist by profession, Anani Matthia played a key role of promoting football in his home country. He himself was an active player before he became President of the Togolese Football Federation in 1972. In all his activities he always promoted the Olympic values and understood the importance that sport plays in contemporary society.
The IOC expresses its deepest sympathy to Anani Matthia’s family. 
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