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Lausanne honours late IOC president

The people of Lausanne paid their last respects to Juan Antonio Samaranch in the city’s cathedral on Thursday.

This content was published on May 20, 2010 - 21:00

The former International Olympic Committee president passed away in Spain on April 21. He was 89 years old.

Samaranch is credited with turning Lausanne into an Olympic city in 1982 and into the Olympic “capital” in 1993. He also helped establish the Olympic Museum in canton Vaud’s capital.

Samaranch led the IOC from 1980 until 2001. Over the years he maintained homes in both Barcelona and Lausanne.

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