Hein Verbruggen, the influential former president of the International Cycling Union (UCI) and the SportAccord umbrella organisation of international federations, has died at the age of 75.
The International Olympic Committee honorary member passed away in his home country, the Netherlands, after a long battle with leukaemia.
Verbruggen led the UCI from 1991 to 2005 and was at the helm of SportAccord from 2007 to 2013. He also headed up the Evaluation Commission for the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing before becoming chairman of the Coordination Commission for the Games.
IOC president Thomas Bach was among those to pay tribute to Verbruggen after the news was announced by the UCI this (Wednesday) morning.