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2006 - Obituaries

December 2006 - Turkmenistan
Saparmurat Niyazov "Turkmenbashi", President of the NOC and President of Turkmenistan, died on 21 December 2006.

July 2006 ľ Senegal
Ibrahima "Bill" Sall, Administrative Director of the National Olympic and Sports Committee of Senegal, died on 20 July 2006.

July 2006 ľ Peru
Rodolfo Cremer, who was President of the Gymnastics N.F., President of the Peruvian Institute for Sport, Vice-President of the NOC from 1980 to 1985, and founder and Director of the Peruvian Olympic Academy until this date, passed away on 6 July 2006.

24 June 2006 - Ecuador
Efrén Cherres, Secretary General of the Olympic Committee of Ecuador, passed away in Guayaquil.

26 May 2006 ľ Ireland
Dr Kevin O'Flanagan, former President of the NOC of Ireland, Honorary Member of the IOC, died after a short illness.

March 2006 - Nauru
Lawrence Stephens, Secretary General of the NOC, died on 22 March 2006.

27 March 2006 - Alain DANET, Adviser to the President of ANOC, passes away
The members of the Executive Council of ANOC meeting on March 31, 2006 in Seoul learnt with profound sadness of the demise of Mr Alain Danet (France), Adviser to the President of ANOC, which occurred on March 27 in Kenya. The Council adopted a resolution expressing their sincere condolences, paying homage to Alain Danet's enthusiastic collaboration in the work of ANOC during several years.

Born on 24 June 1931 in Paris, Alain Danet was an international hockey competitor for eight years.

When his career as an athlete came to an end, he started a new one as a sports official at national, then international level, being successively elected President of the national hockey federation, President of the European hockey federation and Vice-President of the international federation.

Within the NOC, he was successively member of the Administration Board, Secretary General, Treasurer and Vice-President. He was also from 1964 to 1980 Chef de Mission for the French delegation to the Olympic Games.

He was instrumental in the creation of the Association of the European National Olympic Committees (AENOC, renamed later the EOC), co-organizing the NOCs' first meeting in Rome en 1965, then took part in the "Studies and Projects" working group set up in 1973 on the occasion of the General Assembly held in Monaco, in charge of working out the association's structure and programme. He was from 1993 to 1997 member of the EOC Executive Committee.

A member of the International Olympic Committee's Press Commission since 1992, he was elected Honorary Member of the IOC in 2000.

ANOC frequently quoted in its bulletins Alain Danet's views on the values of sport expressed on the occasion of the French Sport Academy awards ceremonies, an organization of which he was the President since 1991.

Professionally, he was called to the bar, in Paris, from 1954 to 1957, then specialized in external relations, occupying various posts with high responsibilities, in particular with Jean Prouvost, a major press group.

The Association of National Olympic Committees awarded Alain Danet its Merit Award in 2001.

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