European Athletics president Hansen dies at 74
He died in Oslo three months after suffering a stroke at his home on March 15
The president of European Athletics, Svein Arne Hansen, died on Saturday at the age of 74 after failing to recover from a stroke he suffered in March, the federation said.
Hansen spent 24 years as meeting director of the Bislett Games in Oslo and 12 as president of Norway's track and field federation.
He was elected president of European Athletics, the sport's European governing body, in 2015 and was re-elected last year.
He died in Oslo three months after suffering a stroke at his home on March 15.
Dobromir Karamarinov, who took over as European Athletics' interim president when Hansen fell ill, said: "I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Svein Arne today. He was a great leader, a visionary for our sport and a charismatic personality within the athletics family.
Saddened beyond belief that my great friend & mentor the @EuroAthletics President Svein Arne Hansen has gone to his final resting place. I will remember his advice for ever and look to him for inspiration as I try to build on his strong legacy. A man who ran a true race RIP pic.twitter.com/4ohF1lcpbb- Dobromir Karamarinov (@DobriBulgaria) June 20, 2020
"He was much loved by all those who knew him well and above all he was a friend of the athletes. We have lost a great man. All my thoughts and wishes go to his family at this difficult time."
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