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De Merode passes away

London: Alexandre de Merode, who has run the IOC campaign against banned performance-enhancing drugs since 1967, has died at the age of 68.

“It was with great sadness that the IOC learned this morning of the death of Prince Alexandre de Merode, an IOC member since 1964,” the IOC said Wednesday. Speaking from Havana, IOC president Jacques Rogge added: “The Olympic Movement has lost an exceptional man.”

After becoming the head of the IOC’s medical commission, Merode was involved in dealing with an array of high-profile positive drugs tests. (Reuters)

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