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ANOC mourns on the loss of Somali NOC President Yeberow

5 April 2012, Kuwait: ANOC Interim President Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah has expressed his sincere sadness and sorrow to Somali Olympic Committee President Mr. Aden Hagi Yeberow who was killed in a bomb attack on the national theatre in Mogadishu yesterday.

The explosion at the theatre, which reopened only a fortnight ago, was seen as a symbol of the city's re-emergence, it is also the latest attacks on Somalia sporting targets.
It is a black day for Somalia sports, I'm still very shocked by what happened in Mogadishu ”, said Sheikh Ahmad in the letter to Somali Olympic Committee. “ On behalf of ANOC Executive Council and its 205 members, I would like to extend my profound condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Mr. Yeberow .”

Sheikh Ahmad also categorically condemned this dasterdly act of terrorism and stated that taking innocent lives cannot be a solution to any problem.
Mr. Yeberow dedicated himself to the Olympism and showed an excellent example to the world that the power of sport could unify a country torn apart by civil war.”
The Olympic Family including ANOC will be surely standing side by side with Somali Olympic Committee and the people of Somalia in this most difficult time and offer any necessary assistance needed to recover from this tragedy as soon as possible.”



15 February 2011 – Uganda – Former NOC President Major General Francis Nyangweso passed away
Major General Francis Nyangweso, Boxing competitor at the Olympic Games of Rome 1960, President of the Uganda Olympic Committee from 1975 to 2009, Vice-President of ANOCA from 1974 to 1978, former member of the Executive Council of ANOC from 1986 to 1990, IOC Member from 1988, ANOC Vice-President from 1999 to 2001, member of the Olympic Solidarity Commission from 2000 to 2001, died on February 15th 2011, aged 72.

27 January 2011 – American Samoa – Death of NOC President
Mr Peni Ben Solaita, President of the American Samoa National Olympic Committee, President of the National Football Federation, died on January 27, 2011 in Pago Pago, aged 61.


21 April 2010 – Spain – Death of Juan Antonio Samaranch, IOC Honorary President
The whole Olympic Movement learnt with great sadness the passing away of IOC Honorary President Juan Antonio Samaranch, on 21 April 2010, in his native town of Barcelona, aged 89.

Born in 1920, Juan Antonio Samaranch brilliantly pursued a double career as diplomat and sports leader. A Municipal Councillor in charge of Sport in 1954, he was later the national Delegate for Physical Education and Sport, and then became President of the Barcelona Provincial Chambers in 1973. He was later Spanish Ambassador to the former USSR and to Mongolia in particular.

In the area of sports leadership, he was elected in 1966 member of the International Olympic Committee, and a member of its Executive Board from 1970 to 1980. In the same period, he was elected President of the Spanish NOC (of which he was a member since 1956) from 1967 to 1970. He was elected President of the IOC in 1980, and remained in this function until 2001.

A keen enthusiast of Rink Hockey, he presided the National Federation of this sport and was Chef de Mission of the Spanish delegation to the Olympic Winter Games of 1956 in Cortina d'Ampezzo and to the Olympic Games of Rome in 1960 and Tokyo in 1964.

Dr. Jacques Rogge, who succeeded J.A. Samaranch as President of the IOC from 2001, underlined the importance of the work achieved by "the man who built up the Olympic Games of the modern era …and who thanks to his extarordinary vision was the architect of a strong and unified Olympic Movement. I can only pay tribute to his tremendous achievements and legacy and praise his genuine devotion to the Olympic Movement and its values". J.A. Samaranch initiated many innovations that transformed the olympic institution : among other aspects, the abolition of amateurism, financial sponsoring of Olympic activities, the consolidation of Olympic Solidarity, the creation of the Olympic Museum, the representation of women in the IOC.

ANOC conferred its Merit Award on J.A. Samaranch in 1983.

Mr Mario Vázquez Raña, President of ANOC, will be attending the funeral ceremonies for Juan Antonio Samarach to be held in Barcelona on Thursday, April 22nd 2010.

10 April 2010 – Poland – Death of Piotr Nurowski, President of the NOC
Mr Piotr Nurowski, President of the Polish Olympic Committee since 2005 and a member of the EOC Executive Committee, died aged 64 in the catastrophic air crash that happened in Smolensk on April 10th, 2010 in which the President of the Republic and the whole Polish delegation accompanying him lost their lives. Mr Nurowski was travelling to Katyn to pay respecrt and lay flowers on behalf of the Olympic Movement of Poland on the graves of the Olympians who perished in Katyn during the second World War. Mr Nurowski was also President of the National Athletics Federation between 1973 and 1980.
The President of ANOC, Mr Mario Vázquez Raña, highlighted in the condolences he sent to the Polish Olympic Committee that M. Nurowski will be remembered as an outstanding sports director, committed to Olympic sport and the promotion of its ideals, and will be a source of inspiration for the new generations of Olympic directors in his country.
A funeral ceremony will take place at the St. Michael and St. Florian Cathedral in Warsaw on Monday 19 April 2010.

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