Former IOC member, African football boss Halim dies

Former IOC member, African football boss Halim dies Lausanne, Switzerland  - Abdel Mohamed Halim of Sudan, a former African football supremo and International Olympic Committee member, the IOC said on Friday. He was 99 years old.

Halim was an IOC member 1968-1982 and later an honorary member of the Olympic body.

He made a big contribution to African football as founding member of the continent's football federation in 1957, organizer of the first African Nations Cup the same year in his native Sudan, and African football supremo 1987-1988.

He was also an executive committee member of the world governing body FIFA and in of several FIFA commissions.

"In all his activities, he promoted the Olympic values," the IOC said in its statement. "The IOC expresses its deepest sympathy to Abdel Mohamed Halim9s family."

Away from sport, the physician Halim was mayor of Khartoum 1953-1960, a hospital director and head of Sudan's medical association. (dpa)