International Olympics Committee member and former Ugandan Olympic Committee President, Major General Francis Nyangweso passed away on Tuesday.
Nyangweso,72,had been unwell for several months with his movements restricted to a wheelchair after his leg was amputated last year. He had battled diabetes and chronic renal anemia for several months.
A respected sports administrator, Nyangweso spent 28 years (1975-2009) at the head of his country’s National Olympic Committee, and was a member of the IOC’s Culture and Olympic Education Commission and Olympic Solidarity Commission.
He served as Vice-President of the International Amateur Boxing Association from 1986 to 2006 and the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa from 1974-1978.
A former banker, Nyangweso had a long and high-ranking military and political career that included posts with the Ugandan Ministry of Culture, Community Development, Youth and Sports, the Foreign Office and the National Chamber of Commerce.
Francis Nyangweso was an avid sportsman who enjoyed football, tennis and volleyball in addition to boxing, the sport he participated in at the Games of the Olympiad in Rome in 1960.