International Olympic Committee member Sam Ramsamy has reacted to the sudden death of South African middle distance runner Mbulaeni Mulaudzi’s death. Mulaudzi passed away in a tragic car accident on Friday. He was the 800m world champion in 2009 and an Olympic silver medallist in Athens in 2004 in the same event.
“Like the whole world, I am deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the untimely death of Mbulaeni Mulaudzi. I knew him well and assisted him in the final phase for his preparation for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. At this Games Mbulaeni was South Africa’s flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony. His modesty and humility were displayed not only when he finished second in the 800m final; but more especially during the medal presentation where he showed no arrogance. It was a great privilege to have presented him the Silver Medal in Athens. On the return from the Athens Games, we arranged to take all the Olympic Medallists to meet with Nelson Mandela. Here again, in his quiet demeanor he was greatly elated to shake hands with Nelson Mandela. Although he had met Mandela several times afterwards, Mbulaeni expressed overwhelming joy at his first meeting. We will greatly miss the contribution he was going to make in the future development of athletics in South Africa,” said Ramsamy.