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26 Nov 2002
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Death of Raymond Gafner, IOC Honorary Member

It was with deep sadness that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) learned yesterday of the death of Raymond Gafner, an IOC member from 1969 to 1991 and subsequently an honorary member.

A member and then President of the Swiss Olympic Committee from 1965 to 1985, Raymond Gafner was an active member of several IOC Commissions, Olympic Museum delegate from 1984 to 1992 and IOC Administrateur délégué on a voluntary basis from 1995 to 1999, then in an honorary capacity since 2000.

Mr Gafner was also a top level athlete, keeping goal for the Swiss hockey team and an international referee before holding numerous leadership positions within sport, civilian life and the army.

"The Olympic Movement has lost one of its most devoted servants, a keen sportsman and great sports administrator," declared the IOC President, Dr Jacques Rogge.

The IOC expresses its deepest sympathy to Mr Gafner's widow and family. A special tribute will be paid to him during the 114th IOC Session on 28 and 29 November in Mexico City.

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