German sports head Manfred von Richthofen dies

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Updated: Fri, 02 May 2014 11:15:20 EST

BERLIN (AP) — 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.

An ice 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.

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