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SASCOC Mourns death of Peter Tallberg
- Updated: May 18, 2015
SASCOC this week mourns the sad loss of an instrumental leader, former Olympian and International Olympic Committee (IOC) member from Finland, Peter Tallberg, who passed away over the weekend after a long battle with cancer.
A member of the IOC since 1976 and the founding chairman of its Athletes’ Commission, Tallberg was the second longest serving member after Vitali Smirnov.
Tallberg’s extended commitment in sport dates back to the 1960s where as a sailor he competed in five Olympics between 1960 and 1980,with his best result a fourth-place finish in the Star class in 1964 at the Tokyo Games.
Tallberg also served as president of the International Yacht Racing Union and Vice-President of the Finnish Squash Association. He was also a council member of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) from 1999 to 2002.
During the 1970s and 1980s, he held senior posts with the Helsinki-based, family company Oy Julius Tallberg AB, a business that focuses on real estate and long-term equity investments.
Says IOC member of South Africa, Dr Sam Ramsamy, “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing away of Peter. I have known Peter for over 30 years. His organisation ability will certainly be missed. A dear friend who empathised with all colleagues.”
SASCOC mourns with Tallberg’s family and we express our heartfelt condolences to them at this difficult time.