Irena Szewińska dies at 72

The Polish Olympic Committee is deeply moved and grieved by the passing away of Mrs Irena Szewińska after a serious and long-lasting illness. The Polish Olympic Family went into desperate mourning.

Irena Szewińska

Mrs Irena Szewińska, the IOC Member and the Vice-President of the Polish Olympic Committee, three times Olympic Champion, seven times Olympic Medallist and the most illustrious Polish athlete ever.

Mrs Irena Szewińska participated in five editions of the Olympic Games: Tokyo 1964, Mexico 1968, Munich 1972, Montreal 1976 and Moscow 1980 gaining her best sports results. She was 5 times European Champion and 26 times Polish Champion in athletics. Athlete of the XX Century in Poland.

Mrs Irena Szewińska was elected the International Olympic Committee Member in 1998 and became Member of the Coordination Commissions: the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad Athens 2004, the Games of the XXX Olympiad London 2012 and the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020. She was also a Member of the following commissions: Women and Sport, Women in Sport, Sport and Active Society, Sport for All, "IOC 2000" and Radio and Television.

Mrs Irena Szewińska was a Vice-President of the Polish Olympians Association, President and Honorary President of the Polish Athletics Association, President and Honorary President of the Polish Women’s Sport Association. She was also a Vice-President of the World Olympians’ Association, Council Member and Honorary Member of the European Athletics Association, Member of the International Association of Athletics Federation Women's Committee, Board Member of the International Olympic Truce Foundation.

Mrs Irena Szewińska was awarded of the Order of the White Eagle, the highest Polish distinction and degreed Doctor Honoris Causa of the Academy of Physical Education and Sport in Gdansk, Poland.

Mrs Irena Szewińska's death leaves an immense void in the Olympic Movement, Polish and worldwide sport. The Polish Olympic Committee expresses its heartfelt condolences to Mrs Irena Szewińska's family.

photo: Szymon Sikora/POC

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