GEF mourns passing of its Council member François Carrard


François Carrard
© 2014 / Comité International Olympique (CIO) / MORATAL, Christophe

The Gymnastics Ethics Foundation (GEF) is greatly saddened to learn of the passing of its Council member François Carrard, at the age of 83.


A Doctor of Law from the University of Lausanne, François Carrard served as Director General of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from 1989 until 2003. He played a crucial role supporting the IOC in driving its fundamental reforms in 1999 and 2000. He was also instrumental in the setting-up of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the introduction of the first World Anti-Doping Code.


With his unique expertise is sports law and governance, Mr Carrard continued to advise numerous International Federations. He became a Council member of the Gymnastics Ethics Foundation upon its creation in January 2019 and was very active in the establishment of its practices and policies aimed at upholding safety and fairness in gymnastics.

“We have lost a friend and invaluable member of our Council”, GEF President Micheline Calmy-Rey said. “François Carrard tackled challenges to sport’s integrity upfront, drawing on his immense knowledge of sport and law and his fantastic strategic skills. We will miss him dearly and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.”