Mario Vázquez Raña, former International Olympic Committee Member from Mexico, Dead at Age of 82

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Mario Vázquez Raña
Mario Vázquez Raña

Feb. 9, 2015

Mario Vázquez Raña of Mexico, longtime International Olympic Committee member and chairman of the Pan American Sports Organization, has died at the age of 82.

In his various roles with the IOC from 1991 to 2012, head of the Association of National Olympic Committees from 1979 to 2012 and chairman of PASO from 1975 until his death, he exercised considerable influence over Olympic sports in the Americas, including equestrian.

IOC President Thomas Bach said, “He had outstanding merit within the Olympic Movement and we will always remember him as a great Olympic leader.”

In addition to his active involvement in the sport of shooting, he was vice president of the Mexican Sports Confederation and president of the Mexican National Olympic Committee from 1974 to 2001.

He operated large and successful media companies in Central and South America and from 1985 to 1988 owned United Press International based in New York City and, at the time, one of the world’s major news services.