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14 Apr 2022

ASOIF mourns passing of IOC Member Alex Gilady

The Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) is greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Alex Gilady, Member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), at the age of 79.

A pioneer of Olympic broadcasting, Alex Gilady was always very close to the International Federations (IFs) and appreciative of their role in delivering the Olympic Games. He was Chairman of the Television Commission at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF, now World Athletics) between 1985 and 2008 (after which he retired and became Honorary Chairman for life), and Chairman of the TV Council at the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) between 2004 and 2019. 

Following a playing career in second and third division football and basketball, Alex Gilady had started his professional path in television first as a sports commentator (1968). He went on to become Head of Sports (1975), Special Operations (1977), Vice President (1981-1996) and Senior Vice President of NBC Sports, the longstanding Olympic Rights-Holding Broadcaster in the United States of America.

Recently, as Vice-Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Mr Gilady helped to address many challenges of last summer’s Games edition, particularly around their unprecedented postponement.

ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “Alex was highly experienced, very knowledgeable and always keen to collaborate with the International Federations. He attended almost all of our General Assemblies. We have lost a real friend who will be missed dearly. Our thoughts are with his family in this difficult time.”