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LEN mourns EA President Svein Arne Hansen

LEN has learnt with immense sadness that President of European Athletics Svein Arne Hansen passed away.

In the framework of the 2018 European Championships Svein Arne chaired the board meetings with LEN President Paolo Barelli and the LEN team got to know a true leader and the finest gentleman as well as a great person in Svein Arne.

“One cannot wish for any better relationship whether it was about work or friendly after-hours talks” LEN President Paolo Barelli says remembering of him. “Svein Arne was an outstanding professional who famously wanted his people being committed to athletics, not just involved and this was something we immediately noticed during the time we spent together. He and his team were always well prepared and looking for the best solution for their sport and for all of us while he never failed to offer his great sense of humour. The world of sport lost a brilliant leader.”

The LEN Family sent its deepest condolences to Svein Arne Hansen’s family and friends and to the entire EA team.