Commissioner Vassiliou pays tribute to Juan Antonio Samaranch
Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner responsible for sport, has paid tribute to Juan Antonio Samaranch, the former president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), who died in Barcelona today.
Juan Antonio Samaranch was one of the great figures of the Olympic movement and an exceptional ambassador for the world of sport. He took the Olympics Games into a new era during his 21-year presidency of the IOC (1980-2001) and ensured that the spirit of Pierre de Coubertin was never forgotten amidst the huge pressures of modern sport.
'The Olympic flame burns brighter today thanks to the extraordinary leadership of Juan Antonio Samaranch,' said Commissioner Vassiliou.