Former IOC Ethics Commission President Ndiaye has died aged 83
Youssoupha Ndiaye, honorary member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), who chaired the ethics commission of the body for 10 years, died at the age of 83.
The Senegalese civil servant began his career as a judge and was president of the Dakar tribunal between 1976 and 1984.
He then held high-level positions in the Senegalese judicial system before becoming the country’s sports minister between 2002 and 2005.
Ndiaye was a member of the IOC from 2002 to 2008, and head of the ethics commission from 2007 to 2017.
He was also a member of the IOC Legal Commission from 2002 to 2015.
In his ethics role, he handled two high-profile plagiarism cases involving IOC members and doctoral theses.
Former Hungarian President Pál Schmitt received a warning in 2013 and Dae-Sung Moon was suspended in 2016.
IOC President Thomas Bach led the tributes here in Tokyo while the Olympic flag flies at half mast at Olympic House in Lausanne.
“Youssoupha Ndiaye was instrumental in implementing the complex reforms of the IOC Ethics Commission,” said Bach.
It is with great sadness that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) learned today of the death of Youssoupha Ndiaye, at the age of 83 years.
Mr. Ndiaye was a member of the IOC from 2002 to 2008 and chaired the Ethics Commission from 2007 to 2017. https://t.co/opx9hIZTza
– IOC MEDIA (@iocmedia) July 18, 2021
“He was an exceptional Commission President, and his loyalty and unwavering advice enabled the IOC to make key decisions and strengthen the credibility of the Olympic Movement.
“Mr. Ndiaye was a man of irreproachable integrity with whom I shared many years on the Legal Affairs Committee.
“Personally, I am losing a wise friend whose advice has always been invaluable to me and to the entire IOC.”
Ndiaye was an avid footballer who won a gold medal with Saint-Louis at the Dakar Friendship Games in 1963.
He was also president of the Senegalese Football Federation.
Ban Ki-moon, who replaced Ndiaye as chair of the ethics committee in September 2017, said: “Under the leadership of Mr. Ndiaye, the statutes and internal regulations have been considerably improved, strengthening the independence of the IOC Ethics Commission.
“Her wisdom has been a valuable asset in achieving high standards of good governance within the Olympic Movement.”