BEIJING, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Wednesday that it is greatly saddened to learn of the death of Ram Ruhee, at the age of 81.
Ram Ruhee, elected as an IOC member in 1988, was the founder and Secretary General of the Mauritius National Olympic Committee since 1971. He was also a member of a number of IOC commissions in the past several decades.
"The IOC expresses its deepest sympathy to Ram Ruhee's family," it said in a statement on Wednesday.
"A teacher by profession, Ram Ruhee played a key role in promoting the values of sport to the youth in his country," IOC said about the man from Mauritius.
He was the chairman and team manager of First Division Football Club "Cadets Club", which he founded in 1948.
He also held a number of posts within the Mauritian Sports Association and the Mauritius Football Association, the African Football Confederation and FIFA, and was an active member of the Executive Committees of ANOCA and ANOC.
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