AIMS is deeply saddened at the passing of Mr Kasper, who served the FIS for 23 years as Secretary General and another 23 years as President. Gian Franco was also the President of the Olympic Winter Sports (AOIWF), and former GAISF President. He served on the IOC Coordination Committee for six Olympic Games and was instrumental in supporting the AIMS family. He was one of the founding members of United Through Sports.

AIMS President and GAISF Vice President Stephan Fox who has sat beside Gian Franco Kasper on the GAISF Council stated: “We would like to extend our utmost respect to a truly unique sports personality. We send our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones at this time and we will hold his memory in our hearts with fondness and with a smile.”

AARHUS, DENMARK – APRIL 07: Vice President of SportAccord Stephan Fox (L), and SportAccord council member Gian-Franco Kasper looks on at the SportAccord General Assembly during the sixth day of SportAccord Convention 2017 at the Scandinavian Centre on April 7, 2017 in Aarhus, Denmark. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)