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SASCOC grieves death of Mario Vazquez Rana
- Updated: February 13, 2015
SASCOC joins the Olympic movement in mourning the sad loss of an instrumental leader in international sport, Mario Vázquez Raña. The former International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) President and publisher, died at the age of 82 after a long illness.
Vázquez Raña played a fundamental role in promoting sport and the Olympic Movement in his home nation of Mexico, the Americas and around the world. He was appointed president of ANOC in 1979, a position he held for 30 years, and was also a member of the IOC from 1991-2012. In addition, Vázquez Raña was chairman of the Pan American Sports Organisation (PASO) from 1975 until his death – during which time he was also president and director of Latin America’s largest newspaper company, Organización Editorial Mexicana.
Other positions he held included: president and director general of Cartones Ponderosa from 2001-2015, owner of United Press International from 1985 to 1988, president of the board of directors of the Hermanos Vázquez Company from 1960 to 1980, president of the Mexican Shooting Federation, vice-president of the Mexican Sports Confederation and president of the Mexican National Olympic Committee.
Says SASCOC CEO Tubby Reddy, “We are saddened by the death of yet another sports icon who contributed vastly to the Olympic Movement. We mourn with Mr Vázquez Raña’s family and we express our heartfelt condolences to them at this difficult time.
“His great work will be missed but we as the National Olympic Committee, will carry on with his legacy and ensure that we move forward with all that he taught us to take sport to a higher level,” added Reddy.
SASCOC President, Gideon Sam added: “It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the passing of Mario, a great sports icon who contributed immensely to the Olympic Movement for over 30 years.
“Our hearts go out to his family, friends and the entire sports community as we have lost a great leader and mentor.”