IOC member Geesink dies

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Anton Geesink, IOC member from the Netherlands, died at the age of 76, the International Olympic Committee said on Saturday.

A great athlete and a 10th dan judoka, Geesink was an Olympic gold medalist in Tokyo in 1964 and a World Judo Champion in 1961, 1964 and 1965. He also won 21 European Judo Championship titles, was Dutch judo champion several times and a three-time national champion in Greco-Roman wrestling.

Geesink dedicated his entire career to the promotion of sport and its values. He was an advisor to the Dutch Secretary of State for Sport, an honorary member of the International Judo Federation (IJF) and a lifetime honorary president of the European Judo Union.

Elected as an IOC member in 1987, he was a member of the Sport for All Commission, a member of the Evaluation Commission for the Olympic Winter Games in 1996, and a delegate member for members' responsibilities from 1992 to 2001. Since 2002, he played an active role during the Olympic Games as delegate member for Games Observation.

A teacher by profession, Geesink was part of the Royal Military Academy in Breda and a professor at the Academy of Physical Education in Amsterdam and the Central Institute for the Education of Sports Teachers in Overveen. He was also a national and international judo instructor and coach.

Source: Xinhua

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