14 Apr 2022 – The Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) is deeply saddened to study of the demise of IOC Member Alex Gilady on the age of 79.
A pioneer of tv on the Olympic Video games, he was first a sports activities commentator (1968), then Head of Sports activities (1975), Particular Operations (1977), Vice President (1981-1996) and Senior Vice President of NBC Sports activities, the longstanding Olympic Rights-Holding Broadcaster in the US of America. NBC’s preliminary Video games broadcast was in Tokyo in 1964, the identical yr Mr Gilady began his profession as a journalist in his dwelling nation of Israel.
His contribution to Olympic broadcasting was recognised by the IOC along with his appointment in 1984 to the Radio and Tv Fee (through which he stayed till 2015), and 10 years later along with his election as an IOC Member.
IOC President Thomas Bach stated: “With the passing of Alex Gilady we are losing a pioneer of the modern Olympic Movement, particularly in regard to broadcasting, but also far beyond that. He has always stood up for the Olympic values, often when sometimes the situation was not easy for him.
“We all appreciated his open personality and his frank way of speaking even if we did not always agree, because with Alex we always knew that he was speaking from the heart. He was always a genuine person.”
President Bach added: “In Alex I have lost a dear friend who advised, inspired and supported me in many respects. In fact, it was Alex who convinced me in 1996 to run for a seat on the Executive Board for the first time. Since then, he has always been at my side. Above all, he was a great man and a wonderful friend.”
Just lately, as Vice-Chair of the IOC Coordination Fee for the Olympic Video games Tokyo 2020, Mr Gilady established wonderful relationships with some of the important thing members of the Organising Committee. This paved the way in which to discovering options for the numerous points that needed to be addressed, notably across the unprecedented postponement of the Video games.
On this position, he made full use of all his expertise within the Coordination Commissions for the earlier 4 Olympic Video games – Athens 2004 (1998-2004), Beijing 2008 (2002-2008), London 2012 (2005-2012) and Rio 2016 (2010-2016) – and, since 2017, he was already deploying this as half of the Coordination Fee for Paris 2024.
Mr Gilady was additionally a member of the Board of Administrators of Olympic Channel Companies S.L., Spain (2015-2022) and different IOC commissions, specifically Worldwide Relations (2014-2015), Public Affairs and Social Growth by means of Sport (2015-2022) and Communications (2015-2022).
Following a taking part in profession in second and third division soccer and basketball, he moved on to take up extra roles in sports activities administration as Chairman of the Tv Fee on the Worldwide Affiliation of Athletics Federations (IAAF, now World Athletics) between 1985 and 2008 (after which he retired and have become Honorary Chairman for all times), and Chairman of the TV Council on the Worldwide Basketball Federation (FIBA) between 2004 and 2019.
Educated on the Naval Faculty, Mevo’ot Yam, Michmoret, in 2007 Mr Gilady was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy by Haifa College, additionally in Israel.
The overwhelming majority of his many awards, although, got here from his work in tv, through which he was additionally the founder, President and CEO of Keshet Broadcasting Ltd, a industrial tv franchise in Israel, from 1993 to 1999. He took over the Presidency of Keshet Broadcasting once more in 2005, a place he occupied till 2017.
Mr Gilady was the recipient of seven Emmy Academy Awards for the Olympic Video games Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Salt Lake Metropolis 2002, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012; and an Award for Finest Journalistic Story with the topic “The Sea” in 1970.
He additionally received the very best Israeli Broadcasting Authority (IBA) Award for producing President Sadat’s first go to to Jerusalem in 1977; the “Man of the Year Award” for turning into the primary Israeli to broadcast from Egypt, additionally in 1977; and an All Digital Media Award for producing the Eurovision Track Contest in Israel in 1979.
The IOC expresses its deepest sympathies to Alex Gilady’s household. As a mark of respect, the Olympic flag will probably be flown at half-mast at Olympic Home in Lausanne for 3 days.