Leo Wallner, a for­mer IOC mem­ber, dies

Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM - VI­ENNA

Leo Wallner, a for­mer IOC mem­ber who led Aus­tria’s na­tional Olympic move­ment for 19 years, has died. He was 79.

The Aus­trian Olympic Com­mit­tee said he died early Wed­nes­day, with­out re­veal­ing a cause of death.

“He has al­ways served the in­ter­ests of Aus­trian sports on na­tional and in­ter­na­tional level and within the IOC with dig­nity and full com­mit­ment,’’ said AOC pres­i­dent Karl Stoss, who suc­ceeded Wallner in 2009.

A long-term gen­eral di­rec­tor of gam­bling com­pany Casi­nos Aus­tria, Wallner be­came pres­i­dent of the AOC in 1990, and mem­ber of the IOC eight years later.

Wallner re­signed over al­leged fi­nan­cial wrong­do­ing con­cern­ing Salzburg’s failed bid to host the 2014 Win­ter Olympics, though state pros­e­cu­tors dropped charges against him in 2013.

Wallner was elected an IOC honorary mem­ber in De­cem­ber.

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