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Former IOC chief Samaranch dies at 89, Rogge pays tribute

Netizens say of Samaranch's passing


Netizen "Scarecrow" said: Dear old friend, we will always remember you, may you rest in peace!

Nettizen "yhj66293" said: Respected elder Samaranch, IOC president and a good friend of the Chinese people. May you rest in peace! You made a remarkable contribution to sports. The people of the world will miss you forever.

Netizen "Here" said: Dear old friend, you are my most respected elder in the world of sports. We will always remember you! I wish you will live in Heaven happily for all eternity.

Netizen "wenbodick" said: Farewell, dear friend. I always remember the moment you announced Beijing to be the host of 29th Summer Olympic Games. You will be a sincere friend of the Chinese people forever. May you rest in peace.

Netizen "Ni Shani" said: Dear elder, your contribution to world sports has a far-reaching impact. I believe that although you have disappeared, these effects will remain, and will continue to influence from generation to generation. May you rest in peace!
Remembering Samaranch: Olympic leader and friend of China

China will cherish the memory of former International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Juan Antonio Samaranch, who passed away on April 21, said He Zhenliang, an honorary member of the IOC.

Samaranch loved and respected China

Juan Antonio Samaranch, honorary president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), who devoted his entire life to the development of modern sports, had a long-standing friendship with China.

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Juan Antonio Samaranch passes away at 89

Factfile of former IOC chief Samaranch


1920: Born into a wealthy family in Barcelona.

1980-2001: Served as the 7th President of the International Olympic Committee from 1980 to 2001.

2001: Did not apply for the presidency again and was succeeded by Jacques Rogge of Belgium. He then became Honorary President for Life of the IOC.

April 21: Died at a hospital in Barcelona.

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