(WFI) Andre Richer was a member of the old guard of sport in Brazil.

Andre Richer (COB)

His death April 11 was announced by the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB).

Richer was president of the committee from 1990 to 1995. He was succeeded by Carlos Nuzman and continued to serve as a vice president until 2016.

Richer was president of the famous football club Flamengo from 1969 to 1973. He was a director of the Confederación Brasileña de Fútbol from 1975 to 1986.

“Brazilian sport has lost someone who was an important collaborator,” said Paulo Wanderley in a statement.

Wanderley, who declared three days of remembrance by the COB, has served as its president since 2016 when Nuzman resigned.

Nuzman now faces criminal charges in connection with the campaign to win the Rio Olympics in 2009. He is accused of taking part in a scheme to bribe IOC members to vote for Rio. At the time Nuzman was an IOC member as well.

Richer is the third member of the old guard of Brazilian sport to die in the new century after making their mark in the 20th century.

In August 2002, Sylvio Magalhaes Padilha died at age 93. Also a former president of the COB, he was a senior member of the IOC.

Richer (right) with Carlos Nuzman (second left) and other Brazilian sport leaders (COB)

In August 2016, just as the Rio Olympics opened, 100-year-old Joao Havelange died. While revered once as FIFA president and the doyen of the IOC, Havelange spent his final years in disgrace, linked to bribery and corruption schemes.

Richer was a champion rower who competed at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne and the 1959 Pan American Games in Chicago.

He was chef de mission for the Brazilian team to the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, Los Angeles in 1984 and Seoul in 1988.

Richer was a vice president of international rowing federation FISA.

He served in the leadership the Pan American Sports Organization, now known as Pan Am Sports. He was also a leader of ODESUR, the South American Sports Organization.

He led the delegation of Brazil to the 1978 World Cup in Argentina. With Zico and Rivelino in front, the Brazilians finished third with a 2-1 victory over Italy.

By INSIDER Miguel Hernandez

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