The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is greatly saddened to learn of the death of Mohamed Mzali, IOC member in Tunisia, at the age of 85.
Mr Mzali held a number of ministerial posts in his country (defence, health and education) before becoming Tunisian Prime Minister in 1980 for six years.
He played an important role in Tunisian sport during his career. He was President of the Tunisian Olympic Committee from 1962 to 1986; President of the Tunisian Football Federation in 1962 and 1963; President of the International Committee for the Mediterranean Games from 1979 to 1987; and President of the Organising Committee for the Mediterranean Games in Tunis in 1967.
Elected as an IOC member in 1965, he was a member of the Executive Board from 1973 to 1980; Vice-President from 1976 to 1980; President of the International Olympic Academy from 1977 to 1988; and a member of the following Commissions: Press and Public Relations (1967-1972), Information and Cultural (1973-1974), Press (1974-1980), Tripartite (1977-1980) and Culture and Olympic Education (since 2002).
A professor by profession, Mr Mzali was a real sports lover, practising volleyball, football, tennis and walking.
He was the author of many works on politics, history and Olympism (in French and Arabic), including “Olympism Today” and “Un Premier Ministre de Bourguiba témoigne” (2004).
The IOC expresses its deepest sympathy to Mohamed Mzali’s family.
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