The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Monday announced the death of Nat Indrapana, IOC member in Thailand, at the age of 80.
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To honour the memory of Mr Indrapana, Thomas Bach, the IOC President has asked for the Olympic flag to be flown at half-mast at the IOC Headquarters for three days.
The committee said in Abuja said it was deeply saddened to learn of Indrapana’s death and expressed its deepest sympathies to the family.
“With the death of Nat Indrapana, the IOC loses a true gentleman of sport. With his outstanding gentleness he made many friends around the world, including me.
“Over the years of his membership, Nat contributed greatly to the Olympic Movement and the protection of its values.
“For this, he mobilised all his personal forces to serve the IOC even while fighting his serious disease. We will all miss him greatly”, IOC President Thomas Bach said said in a statement.
The IOC said Indrapana was a key figure in the development of sports in Thailand and Asia, holding numerous positions within sports organisations in his country and continent.
NIGERIA NEWS reports that Indrapana was Deputy Secretary-General of the National Olympic Committee of Thailand and Chairman of the Sports Development and Improvement Committee at the Southeast Asian Federation.
He was President of the Asian Trap and Skeet Shooting Federation; a Council member of the Asian Games Federation and of the Olympic Council of Asia; and a member of the University Sports Board of Thailand.
He entered the IOC in 1990 and had more recently been a member of the Culture and Olympic Heritage Commission since 2015 after serving on many other Commissions, namely Eligibility (1992-1998), Radio and Television (1993-1996, then 2002-2004), Culture and Olympic Education (1999-2015) and the Olympic Programme (2005-2013).
Indrapana closely followed the organisation of several Olympic Games by sitting on the Coordination Commissions for Sydney 2000, Beijing 2008, Rio 2016 and the 1st Youth Olympic Games Singapore 2010, in addition to taking part in the Evaluation Commission for the 2020 Games in 2013.
He played active roles whenever his country was called upon him to host athletes from the region, and he was Chairman of the Technical Committee of the Organising Committee for the Asian Games Bangkok 1978.
He was also Chairman of Venues for the Southeast Asian Games Chiang Mai 1995 and a member of the Organising Committee for the Asian Games Bangkok 1998.
And for 10 years, between 1999 and 2009, he held a strategic position within an International Federation as Vice-President of the World Taekwondo Federation.