Honorary IOC member Troger passes away

GENEVA (XINHUA) – Walther Troger, an Honorary International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, has passed away at the age of 91.

Having first embarked on a career in sports administration when he became secretary general of the German Student Sports Association in 1953, Troger went on to join the German Sports Confederation (1961-1970) and the National Olympic Committee (NOC), where he served as Secretary General between 1970 and 1992, and as President for 10 years until 2002.

After becoming an IOC member, he was a member of the Coordination Commissions for Nagano 1998 and Salt Lake City 2002, plus the Evaluation Commission for the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Troger also sat on the IOC’s Olympic Programme Commission, Olympic Solidarity Commission and Sport for all Commission. The IOC said the Olympic flag at its headquarters would be flown half-mast for three days in a mark of respect following Troger’s passing.