New Zealand NOC Honors Late IOC Member

(ATR) Tay Wilson was a linchpin to the strong Olympic presence of New Zealand, the country’s NOC said.

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 03:  Tay Wilson (R) of the NZOC is interviewed by television sports presenter John McBeth during the Moscow Olympic Games 30 Year Reunion at the Olympic Museum Gallery, TSB Arena on September 3, 2010 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Getty Images for NZOC)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Tay Wilson (R) of the NZOC is interviewed by television sports presenter John McBeth during the Moscow Olympic Games 30 Year Reunion at the Olympic Museum Gallery, TSB Arena on September 3, 2010 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Getty Images for NZOC)

(ATR) Tay Wilson was a linchpin to the strong Olympic presence of New Zealand, the country’s Olympic Committee said.

Born Tennant Edward in Feilding, New Zealand, Wilson, 89, died over the weekend, according to a post on the New Zealand Olympic Committee website.

Most notably, Wilson brought a group of four Kiwi athletes to the 1980 Moscow Olympics as chef de mission even though the country’s government boycotted the Games.

"They forgot it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many," Wilson was quoted by the NZOC, explaining his decision to bring the athletes. Wilson served as chef de Mission at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics as well and served as NZOC secretary general from 1985 to 1900. From 1988 to 2006, he was an IOC member.

"Sir Tay played a significant role in New Zealand sport and the Olympic Movement throughout his lifetime as an administrator, athlete and leader," the NZOC said.

"Today, New Zealand’s position within the Olympic Movement remains strong."

Written by Ed Hula III

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