Death of Giovanni Agnelli
It was with great sadness that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) learned this morning of the death of Giovanni Agnelli, IOC Honour Member since 2000.
Founder and Chairman of the Italian car company Fiat for 30 years, in 1999 Mr Agnelli was invited by the IOC to join the Executive Committee of the "IOC 2000" Commission in charge of reviewing all facets of the organisation, including its structures, policies and procedures.
"Italy, which will host the Winter Games in Turin in 2006, is losing one of its mentors. Mr Agnelli was an incomparable businessman and a strong supporter of sport", said IOC President Jacques Rogge. "Thanks to his experience and charisma, Mr Agnelli greatly contributed to bringing the Olympic Movement through to a new era", he added.
The IOC expresses its deepest sympathy to Mr Agnelli's family.