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Former IOC VP Kim passes away, aged 86


03 Oct 2017
Seoul, Korea, October 3, 2017: Kim Un-yong, a former Vice President of the International Olympic Committee, passed away on Tuesday, Yonhap News reports. He was 86 years old. During his sports administration career, Kim was one of the most powerful figures in the IOC, which he joined in 1986. He played an instrumental role in helping Seoul win the right to host the 1988 Summer Olympics.

He also served as the founding president of the World Taekwondo Federation -- presently World Taekwondo -- and of the Korean National Olympic Committee. Kim was largely responsible for helping taekwondo become an Olympic medal sport.

Kim was also credited with helping set up the joint march by the South Korean and North Korean athletes at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Summer Games. In 2001, Kim waged an unsuccessful campaign for the IOC presidency, losing to Jacques Rogge, 59-23. Kim resigned from the IOC in 2005.

In November last year he established the Kim Un Yong Sport Committee to work toward sports development and enhancement in Korea. The 2017 Kimunyong Cup International Open Taekwondo Championships are scheduled for October 28 to November 1 in Seoul. 

A biographical book on Kim will be published soon by the Korean Sport & Olympic Committee. Kim worked together with the committee on the book until recently. He was last seen in public at the opening ceremony of the National Training Center in Jincheon, North Chungcheong Province, last Wednesday. He is survived by his wife, son and two daughters.
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