EOC president and Slovenian sports administrator Kocijančič dies
Janez Kocijančič, the president of the European Olympic Committees, has died at the age of 78.
The Slovenian official died following a "courageous battle against a sudden and severe disease," the EOC announced yesterday.
Kocijančič was elected EOC president in November 2017 after four years as vice-president and oversaw the organisation's second European Games in Minsk, Belarus in 2019.
He joined the EOC executive committee in 2005.
Raffaele Pagnozzi, secretary general of the EOC, said: “He has left a huge void in the heart of the Olympic Movement of Europe. He will be remembered for his professionalism and wise vision in profoundly understanding the diversity between the European countries. His cultural and historical knowledge was of great benefit to the sport movement in Europe and helped lead it to a prominent position globally.”
Kocijančič served as president of the Slovenian Olympic Committee between 1991 and 2014 and president of the Slovenian Ski Association between 1974 and 1984.
He has been a vice-president of FIS, skiing's international governing body, since 2010, and vice-president of the Association of National Olympic Committees, representing Europe, since 2017.
Away from sport, he had a successful career in both politics and business, as a member of the Slovenian government and parliament, and president of Adria Airways, the national airline of the country.
Kocijančič had temporarily held the EOC reins since August 2016 when Patrick Hickey stepped down in the wake of his arrest during the Rio Olympics in a ticket scalping investigation.