Willi Daume, Longtime Olympic Official, is Dead
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) _ Willi Daume, a former vice-president of the International Olympic Committee and a German sports official for nearly half a century, died Monday, four days before his 83rd birthday.
Daume had been suffering from intestinal cancer and died in a Munich hospital, six months after two surgeries, the SID sports news agency said.
Daume, who became an IOC member in 1956 and served as its vice-president from 1972 to 1976, was instrumental in bringing the Olympic Games to Munich in 1972. He lobbied unsuccessfully for Berlin to stage the 2000 Olympics.
For many years, Daume had nurtured ambitions to become chairman of the IOC. Because Germany was one of the countries that boycotted the 1980 Moscow Games _ against his advice _ Daume lost the bid to Juan Antonio Samaranch, who is still the head of the IOC.
Daume stepped down from the IOC in 1991.
He became chairman of the German Sports Federation, an umbrella organization for all sports bodies, in 1950 and served for 20 years. He was president of the National Olympic Committee from 1961 to 1992.
Daume was born May 24, 1913, the son of a Dortmund industrialist, and was a multitalented athlete.
He competed in high jump and handball, and was on Germany’s basketball team at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
He is survived by his wife Rosemarie and two children. Funeral arrangements were not immediately known.