European Athletics has received a myriad of messages and also noted the tributes on social media to its President Svein Arne Hansen, who died on Saturday at the age of 74.
Below are some of the many messages of condolences received and seen by European Athletics.
“Today I lost one of my closest friends. He gave me my first big international break in athletics in 1979. He was a game changer in our sport, a proud family man and an effective and wise leader who helped generations of athletes fulfill their dreams. https://t.co/m4ftYVKknP
— Seb Coe (@sebcoe) June 20, 2020
It is with a heavy heart that we write to you today. We are all so very sad to hear of the passing of Svein Arne. A great man who was such an incredible contributor to our sport. We know he will be missed by all of his colleagues, but more than that, he will be missed by his family and friends to which he was so much more than an Athletics Super Hero.
For you this will be a huge personal and professional loss. I hope you are going okay and that you find the strength the get through this difficult time.
Svein Arne was a great friend to Oceania Athletics and we will miss his good counsel and support but most of all we will miss his friendship. On behalf of all of us at Oceania Athletics we send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends and everyone at the European Athletics Associat
Executive Director, OAA
Saddened beyond belief that my great friend & mentor the @EuroAthletics President Svein Arne Hansen has gone to his final resting place. I will remember his advice for ever and look to him for inspiration as I try to build on his strong legacy. A man who ran a true race RIP pic.twitter.com/4ohF1lcpbb
— Dobromir Karamarinov (@DobriBulgaria) June 20, 2020
The South American Athletics Confederation is deeply saddened to learn that Mr. Svein Arne Hansen, President of European Athletics, has passed away earlier today. Svein Arne was a sports enthusiast, a passionate stamp collector and a great friend of South American Athletics. The Presidency of CONSUDATLE sends condolences to Svein Arne’s family, friends and colleagues and decrees Official Mourning in South American Athletics for a period of three (3) days.
Manaus, 20 June 2020
Hélio Marinho Gesta de Melo, President
NACAC enjoyed the overwhelming support of Svein Arne Hansen as he shared his ideas on the development of athletics and his tremendously expansive experience with the humility characteristic of great men and a disposition to render himself readily available at all times. pic.twitter.com/UaXDbQKBp9
— Athletics NACAC (@athleticsnacac1) June 21, 2020
So sad to hear of the passing of my big boss the President of @EuroAthletics Svein Arne Hansen....he paved the way for me to be only the 2nd female Vice President of EA and was always so supportive & full of encouragement & advice... I and the sport will miss him so much RIP https://t.co/aHaTg0OD30
— Cherry Alexander OBE (@CAlexanderOBE) June 20, 2020
On the occasion of the sad passing away of the late president of European Athletics Federation Mr. Svein Arne Hansen, we are expressing herewith our deepest condolence and sincerest sympathy.
It is a very gloomy moment for everybody at the EAF family and elsewhere in global sport organizations.
while we pray for the Almighty God to bless the soul of our beloved demise, we trust your administration will hold, tightly and professionally the torch of success to march forward towards achieving more and more accomplishments.
Nawaf Bin Mohammed Al Saud
World Athletics Vice- President
So sad to have lost my great friend & mentor Svein Arne Hansen today. A true leader of integrity & an athletes man to the core he made a tremendous contribution to our sport which we as the next generation owe him to continue. He will be missed by everyone he smiled at RIP https://t.co/2N98o1hZ0g
— Libor Varhaník (@LiborVarhanik) June 20, 2020
Dear Friends, Dear European Athletics Family
On behalf of my wife, Evelyn and my entire family and the thousands of friends that Svein Arne had in the Americas, my most sincere words of condolences on the passing of our dear friend.
Svein Arne was a giant in our sport and he was a multiplicador of friends, always happy and in great state of humor but, moreover a lover and a fighter of our sport.
We will miss him forever...
Víctor and Evelyn López
Victor Lopez - NACAC President / IAAF Council Member
Saddened beyond belief that my great friend & mentor the @EuroAthletics President Svein Arne Hansen has gone to his final resting place. I will remember his advice for ever and look to him for inspiration as I try to build on his strong legacy. A man who ran a true race RIP pic.twitter.com/M0jkOUPfYd
— Fatih Çintimar (@Fatih_Cintimar) June 20, 2020
It is difficult to find words that describe my sadness upon the loss of Svein Arne. We all feared this moment where we would lose the driving power of someone who turned his passion for athletics in tangible change and progress. Now it is there. My special thoughts are with his family, children and grandchildren, of whom he would always talk with love and pride.
I started working with Svein Arne in 2007 as European Athletics Council Member and I am still grateful for the support he gave and his trust in the initiatives we started back then. His experience and vision helped us tread different pathways, also after he came back as President of European Athletics in 2015. While sharing my condolences with you and knowing he will be dearly missed, I do trust that Svein Arne prepared the leadership of European Athletics to keeping the ship steady and to steer it through the present COVID-19 crisis into safe waters. My wish to all of you in this sad time is that all of you, the whole office team and Council, can keep his legacy alive.
I would be thankful if my message could be forwarded to the family and to Council.
Sylvia Barlag (World Athletics Council Member)
We are deeply saddened to hear the passing of our old and beloved friend Svein. On behalf of the Chinese Athletics Association, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to Svein's family and the European Athletic Association. Svein's passing is a great loss to the global athletics family, but his love, dedication and diligence for athletics cause will be forever remembered by the us all. Our hearts are with Mr. Svein's family. May his soul rest in peace.
President, Chinese Athletics Association
Dear European Athletics Famliy,
It was really sad to learn the passing of our beloved colleague Svein. As a new member of WA Council, I very much respect his passion, devotion and dedications to our sport. His kindness, smiles and hospitality gave me deep impression as I was a guest to EA Congress in Prague. And I was hoping to receive him in Nanjing World Indoor Championships in last March as a host which now became a deep regret due to the epidemic. It was so tearful to lose a respected senior friend like him.
Please convey my sincere condolences to the European athletics family as well as his beloved family. The athletics family will always remember and cherish his efforts and contributions to our sport. May his soul RIP.