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Former IOC President dies at 89

india Updated: Apr 22, 2010 00:04 IST

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Former International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch died on Wednesday at the age of 89 at a Barcelona hospital from a cardiorespiratory arrest, the hospital said. Samaranch, who headed the body which runs the Olympics from 1980-2001, passed away at 1:25 pm (1125 GMT) at the Quiron Hospital where he was admitted on Sunday after experiencing heart trouble, it said in a statement.

An honorary president for life of the IOC, he helped to revolutionise sponsorship and broadcasting deals for major events, seeking global sponsors instead of national federations making their own local arrangements.