Jose Ramon Fernandez Passed Away

Jan. 07, 2019, 12 a.m. (ET)

Havana, Cuba - Fernandez was first and foremost a leader of the Cuban people and held numerous official positions following the Cuban revolution. Notably, he served as a deputy to the National Assembly from 1976 until his death and was a Member of the Council of State from 1981 until 1993. He often represented the Cuban government at important governmental events.

Sport was one of his great loves. Fernandez was an athlete in Modern Pentathlon and supported the sport his entire life. He was also a sports politician and administrator. Among his many duties, he served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) and from this position he chaired the Organizing Committee of the XIV Central American and Caribbean Games, held in Havana in 1982, and the Organizing Committee of the XI Pan American Games held in Havana in 1991. He was also the chairman of the Organizing Committee of the VI Athletics World Cup that took place in Havana in 1992. From 1997 until his death he has been the President of the Cuban Olympic Committee.

At important sporting events Fernandez could always be seen shouting encouragement to his athletes. He was a true sportsman and competitor and will be missed by the entire world of sport.