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20 Nov 2002
IOC News , Press Release

Death of Prince Alexandre de Merode

It was with great sadness that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) learned this morning of the death of Prince Alexandre de Merode, an IOC Member since 1964.


The IOC President, visiting Havana, immediately made the following declaration: "The Olympic Movement has lost an exceptional man. Through his charisma and his convictions, the Prince de Merode was a fervent defender of Olympic values throughout his life. He was, in particular, one of the pioneers in the fight against doping, creating the IOC Medical Commission in 1967. His ideas and energy helped to begin an unceasing fight against doping and any activity damaging the integrity of sport. We have all lost a remarkable colleague, a humanist at the service of sport."


Born in 1934 in Etterbek (Belgium), the Prince de Merode began his career as President of the Belgian Supreme Council for Physical Education, Sport and Outdoor Life. He then went on to head the Anti-Doping Commission of the Belgian Ministry of Public Health (French Community), before becoming an administrator within the Belgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee. In the IOC, he was a member of the Executive Board from 1980 to 1990, Vice-President from 1986 to 1990 and from 1994 to 1998, and Chairman of the Medical Commission from 1967 onwards. In 1999, the Prince de Merode was a member of the IOC 2000 Reform Commission.


The IOC expresses its deepest sympathy to the Prince de Merode's family.



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