John Coates Statement on the passing for John Fahey

12 September 2020

John Coates Statement on the passing for John Fahey

This is a very sad day, particularly as we approach the 20 year anniversary of the Sydney Olympics.

Aside from all John’s considerable achievements in politics and personally, his contribution to the Olympic movement in Australia was immense.

His drive and commitment was absolutely crucial in Sydney winning the bid to host the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and Australia owes him an enormous debt of gratitude for that alone.

John will always be a big part of the Sydney 2000 success story, and as we prepare to celebrate 20 years since those Games began, it is very sad to think he cannot mark that milestone with us.

John also made a substantial contribution in efforts to ensure the integrity of global sport through his time as President of the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA).

My heartfelt condolences go out to Colleen, John’s family and all those who loved and admired him.

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