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SASCOC Mourns death of Hugo Olivier
- Updated: August 26, 2015
It is with deep sadness that SASCOC mourns the loss of yet another sports leader, Mr Hugo Olivier, South African Gymnastics Federation (SAGF) Honorary Life Vice-President who passed away on Sunday 23 August at the age of 80.
Mr Olivier’s distinguished career in sports administration spanned more than three decades. He served as President of the SAGF, formerly known as the South African Amateur Gymnastics Union (SAAGU), from the early 1980s to 1999. He also worked as a member of the inaugural UAG Executive Committee in 1990 and subsequently served as FIG’s General Gymnastics Technical Committee member from 1996 to 2000.
He was also part of multiple ministerial task teams and South African macro bodies. He was involved in the compilation and formulation of the South African Sports and Recreation Plan.
SASCOC CEO, Mr Tubby Reddy, expressed his grief at the loss of a great and committed South African sports administrator.
‘We have lost a great sports leader who has worked extremely hard for many years to take the code of South African gymnastics to the level where it is today.’
Paying tribute to Mr Olivier, Mr Gideon Sam, President of SASCOC, said: ‘ When the unity process in sport was concluded, Hugo worked tirelessly to ensure that the new dispensation succeeded. He was a thorough administrator who shared his knowledge with all who worked around him. His dedication in the Gymnastics Federation will always be remembered.
‘Hugo participated in many equestrian events and loved his horses. A short tribute will not do justice to the work that Hugo performed in South African sport. We mourn with his family, Sam concluded.