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Friday, May 2, 2014
German sports head Manfred von Richthofen dies

Associated Press

BERLIN -- Manfred von Richthofen, the honorary president of Germany's national Olympic federation who presided over a shake-up in German sports management, has died. He was 80.

The German Olympic Sports Federation (DOSB) says on Friday that Richthofen died the day before in Berlin.

Richthofen was a nephew of the German World War I flying ace of the same name, widely known as the Red Baron, news agency dpa reported.

A hockey player and then coach in the 1950s and 1960s, he later had a long career in sports management and served from 1994 to 2006 as head of the German Sports Federation.

Richthofen was a prime mover behind that organization's merger with the national Olympic committee to form the DOSB, whose honorary president he became in 2006.