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OCA Vice President, Tan Sri Hamzah Abu Samah.
Former OCA VP Tan Sri Hamzah Abu Samah passes away, aged 88

04 Sep 2012
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: It is with deep regret that the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) announces today the demise of Tan Sri Hamzah Abu Samah, IOC Honorary Member in Malaysia and former OCA Vice President, at the age of 88. In a letter to the IOC President, Jacques Rogge, OCM President HRH Tunku Imran says the demise of Tan Sri Hamzah Abu Samah “leaves a void in the Olympic Movement and is a great loss to the sporting world.”

The letter of HRH Tunku Imran reads: “Tan Sri Hamzah Abu Samah, who was once the Sports Minister of Malaysia, contributed greatly towards the Olympic Movement in Malaysia. He was President of the Olympic Council of Malaysia from 1976 to 1998 and further served as Honorary Life President from 1998 to 2012. “He was elected as an IOC Member in 1978 before becoming an IOC Honorary Member in 2004.

He had held several important portfolios regionally such as Honorary Life President of the Southeast Asian Games Federation (1977-2012), Vice President of the Olympic Council of Asia (1982-1986), Vice President of the Commonwealth Games Federation (1982-1988), Vice President of the Islamic Solidarity Sport Federation (1985-1994) and Vice President of the General Association of the Asian Sports Federation (1988-1998).

“As a great football enthusiast, Tan Sri Hamzah Abu Samah also played a key role in promoting football in Malaysia and internationally. He was President of the Football Association of Malaysia (1976-1983), President of the Asian Football Confederation (1978-1994), Vice President of FIFA (1982-1990) and Honorary Executive Member of FIFA (1990-2012).

“Besides that he also served as President of the Malaysian Cricket Association (1969-1990) and President of the Malaysia Taekwondo Association (1987-1999).” HRH Tunku Imran concludes: “The Olympic Council of Malaysia expresses its deepest condolences to Tan Sri Hamzah Abu Samah’s family and may his soul rest in peace.”
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