POSTED: May 18th 2015

World Olympians Association mourns Olympic legend Peter Tallberg

Peter Tallberg  was the second-longest serving current IOC member © IOC
Peter Tallberg was the second-longest serving current IOC member © IOC

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member, former World Olympians Association (WOA), and five-time Olympic sailor, Peter Tallberg passed away last Saturday (May 16th) at the age of 77 in Finland.

Tallberg was elected as an IOC Member in 1976 and was the second-longest serving IOC Member. From 2007-2014, he served as a WOA liaison to the IOC Athletes' Commission.

The WOA was saddened to hear the news of his death.

WOA President, Joel Bouzou stated, "For me Peter Tallberg is and will remain a pillar of the Olympic ideal and dream. Peter always looked further than sport, always thinking about what sport and great athletes could bring to society. This is why he attended many editions of the International Peace and Sport Forum."

He went on to add, "Peter is the person who encouraged me to run for the WOA Presidency. He was convinced that the organization could benefit not only Olympians, but the whole of society through the work of Olympians. He was therefore very happy with the current reforms of the WOA. Having been the liaison between the WOA and the IOC Athletes Committee from 2007 to 2014, Peter will be sadly missed by all Olympians but he will remain in all our hearts forever."

The WOA wanted to extend their deepest condolences to the family of Peter Tallberg.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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