|Rodriguez watching the 2004 Athens Olympics. (ATR)
(ATR) Argentina sports leader Colonel Antonio Rodriguez has died at the age of 81.
Rodriguez’ long career in sport included 16 years as an IOC member and more than a quarter century leading the Argentinean Olympic Committee.
He was elected COA president six times, serving from 1977 until 2005.
As an IOC member from 1990, Rodriguez served on the Sport for All Commission. He was the sole IOC member from Argentina.
During his time at the COA, he founded the Argentinean Olympic Academy in 1982. He also promoted games throughout Latin America, serving as an executive with the Pan-American Sports Organization, the South American Sports Organization and the Organizing Committee for the first Pan American Winter Games. He was also a member of the International Fair Play Committee.
The Army colonel moved into sports administration via the country’s fencing federation, becoming president in 1970.
Rodriguez competed in modern pentathlon in the 1948 Summer Olympics and the 1951 Pan Am Games. He was also a national fencing champion and army shooting champion.
At the time of his death, Rodriguez was honorary president of the COA and an IOC honorary member.
Rodriguez suffered heart failure and died in the Buenos Aries military hospital, Argentinean media report. Your best source of news about the Olympics is www.aroundtherings.com, for subscribers only.