PRESS RELEASE: Fayemi Mourns Former IOC Chief Adefope
Governor Kayode Fayemi expresses sadness over the death of the former member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Major-General Henry Adefope (rtd).
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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FAYEMI MOURNS FORMER IOC CHIEF ADEFOPEEkiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has expressed sadness over the death of the former member ofthe International Olympic Committee (IOC), Major-General Henry Adefope (rtd).The Governor who conveyed his condolence in a statement on Thursday described Adefope as a man ofmany parts whose impact was felt in medicine, military, sports administration, labour relations andinternational diplomacy.He noted that Adefope was one of the first medical graduates that joined the Nigerian Army and builtthe Army Medical Corps to an enviable standard which has military hospitals where soldiers and civiliansenjoy quality medical services.Fayemi also recalled what he called sterling contributions of Adefope to sports development in Nigeriaduring his tenure as the President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) and later as a member of theInternational Olympic Committee (IOC).According to him, Adefope was one of the IOC chieftains whose integrity remained untainted and wasnot indicted in the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic bribery scandal that rocked the global sportsbody.The Ekiti helmsman noted that the contributions of the late Army general to the nation’s foreign policyas Minister of External Affairs under the Olusegun Obasanjo-led military administration would always beremembered.He called on the family of the deceased to be consoled by the good life lived by the late octogenarian inwhich he touched the lives of fellow Nigerians and foreigners alike noting Adefope lived a fulfilled lifebefore dying at the age of 85.