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April 21, 2010 | By Alan Abrahamson
Juan Antonio Samaranch, former president of the International Olympic Committee who took the organization from financial instability and turmoil and steered it to global influence and prosperity, only to see his legacy tarnished by the specter of doping in sports and a corruption scandal, has died. He was 89. A Spaniard who served as IOC president from 1980 to 2001, Samaranch died Wednesday at a Barcelona hospital after experiencing heart trouble. He had been in failing health since he collapsed one day after the last of his four terms ended, in July 2001.
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April 22, 2010 | By Alan Abrahamson
Juan Antonio Samaranch, former president of the International Olympic Committee who took the organization from financial instability and turmoil and steered it to global influence and prosperity, only to see his legacy tarnished by the specter of doping in sports and a corruption scandal, has died. He was 89. A Spaniard who served as IOC president from 1980 to 2001, Samaranch died Wednesday at a Barcelona hospital after experiencing heart trouble. He had been in failing health since he collapsed one day after the last of his four terms ended, in July 2001.
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November 15, 1989 | From Associated Press
Four West German sites are willing to drop out of the running for the 2004 Olympics to clear the way for a bid by East and West Berlin, a West German official said today. Among the West German sites that had expressed interest in holding the games are Frankfurt, Hamburg, the Ruhr Valley and Stuttgart. "All have said they would drop out of contention if Berlin applies to host the Olympics," said Wolfram Kratzat, Frankfurt's top Olympics project director.
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September 5, 2002 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four years after Munich, at the 1976 Summer Games in Montreal, the relatives of the 11 murdered Israelis began a campaign that so far has proved fruitless--requesting that the IOC honor the memory of the 11 dead at the Games with a moment of silence dedicated solely to the Israelis. Over the years, according to confidential minutes from IOC executive board meetings obtained by The Times, senior IOC delegates have made it plain they do not want to risk causing offense to Arab interests.
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July 31, 2000 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is a quiet morning at the International Olympic Committee, and the patriarch of world sports allows himself a wistful thought: If only he had retired after his crowning glory, the spectacular 1992 Summer Olympics in his hometown. "Retiring myself after the Barcelona Games, I could have been a hero, no?" asks IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch. Looking down momentarily, he thinks about what might have been, then adds: "I cannot regret. I have to write my history again."
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September 26, 1990
Juan Antonio Samaranch, International Olympic Committee president, received the first Seoul Peace Prize for contributions to world peace and harmony of humanity.
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July 28, 2001 | From Associated Press
Juan Antonio Samaranch was released from the hospital Friday and told to skip a soccer game being held in his honor. The 81-year-old former president of the International Olympic Committee was hospitalized last week for "extreme fatigue." "He is feeling much better but he will have to continue resting," IOC director-general Francois Carrard said. "He is in excellent spirits and he seems to be getting better every day."
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July 21, 2001 | Alan Abrahamson
Juan Antonio Samaranch, IOC president until Monday, was close to death earlier this week, it was disclosed Friday. Samaranch, 81, IOC president for 21 years, was admitted early Wednesday to a hospital here with breathing problems attributed to fluid in his lungs. For the first couple of hours after he was admitted, the situation was touch and go, IOC officials said. On Friday, Samaranch was out of intensive care and resting comfortably, said Francois Carrard, IOC director general.
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July 19, 2001 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Juan Antonio Samaranch, who Monday formally relinquished the presidency of the International Olympic Committee, was admitted to a Lausanne hospital early Wednesday, suffering from breathing problems, IOC officials said.
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July 16, 2001 | RANDY HARVEY
It ends where it began. Twenty-one years after Juan Antonio Samaranch was elected president of the International Olympic Committee before the ill-starred 1980 Summer Games, his reign was to conclude by noon today Moscow time (1 a.m. PDT) with the vote for his successor. It would have been a far more glorious occasion if Samaranch had stepped down at the end of his second term in 1993. That is hardly a controversial opinion.
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July 9, 2001 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Here in the city where it all began, Juan Antonio Samaranch finally allowed himself a brief moment to look back on 21 years as president of the International Olympic Committee. No regrets, he said. "I think the balance is not bad," Samaranch said in an exclusive interview late Saturday with The Times in his hotel room--after a day like so many in his tenure, a day of private diplomacy and public ceremony.
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