ASOIF is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of François Carrard, long-time Director General of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), at the age of 83.
A Doctor of Law from the University of Lausanne, François Carrard specialised in sports law before serving as the IOC’s Director General from 1989 until 2003 under IOC Presidents Juan Antonio Samaranch and Jacques Rogge. In this role he worked closely with the International Federations (IFs) and with ASOIF on matters regarding the Olympic Games, but also the Olympic Movement at large.
Later, François Carrard continued to provide his outstanding expertise to the Olympic Movement and supported many IFs in tackling important governance matters. In fact, he served as an invaluable advisor to several IFs until the very end.
ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “The Olympic Movement has lost an exceptional personality and a very wise mentor. François Carrard will be always remembered for having supported many important, positive reforms in the Olympic Movement, he will be greatly missed.”
ASOIF's thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.