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Date
05 Jul 2015
Tags
IOC News , Press Release

Death of Reynaldo González López, IOC Member in Cuba

It is with great sadness that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has learnt of the death of Reynaldo González López, IOC member in Cuba, at the age of 66.

Mr González Lopez became an IOC Member in 1995. He was a member of the Women and Sport Working Group (1996-2001), Women and Sport Commission (2006-2015) and the Editorial Committee of the 2009 Olympic Congress (2007-2009).

“He was a very passionate and capable sports leader,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. “Sport in Central and South America and around the world, and me personally, owe him a lot. We will miss his great advice but also his warm and always friendly personality and great sense of humour,” he added.

He left his mark on sports within Cuba and throughout the Americas, first as Secretary General of the Cuban National Olympic Committee (1984-2000) and later as Executive Secretary of the Pan-American Sports Organisation (PASO) (2010-2015).

Mr González Lopez was also 1st Vice-President of the INDER (Instituto Nacional de Deportes, Educación Fisica y Recreación) (1981-1994) and then its President (1994-1997). He was 1st Vice-President of the International Baseball Association (IBA) (1988-1999); President of the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) Ethics Commission (1999-2015); President of the Cuban Amateur Baseball Federation (1981-1999); Secretary General of the Organising Committee of the XI Panamerican Games in Havana (Copan '91); Vice-President of the Organising Committee of the XIV Central American and Caribbean Games (Havana ’82); National Director of University Sports (1997-2001); and Coordinator General of the Panamerican Olympic Solidarity (2001-2015).

Mr González Lopez enjoyed playing baseball, softball, volleyball, and fishing.

The IOC expresses its deepest sympathies to Reynaldo González López’s family.

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