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Sunday, 26 May, 2002, 12:05 GMT 13:05 UK
Sir Arthur Gold dies
Sir Arthur Gold CBE
Gold embodied the Corinthian attitude towards sport
Sir Arthur Gold CBE, one of the leading athletics administrators of his generation and a pioneering anti-drugs campaigner, had died at the age of 85.

Gold served the European Athletics Association as a council member and president, the British Amateur Athletics Board and the British Olympic Association.

He also led the administration of British athletics teams at three Olympic Games and three Commonwealth Games.

In addition he also served as chairman of both the Sports Council Drug Abuse Advisory Committee and the European Sports Confederation Drug Abuse Advisory Group.

Gold earned his living in the motor industry and once turned down a full-time post with the British Athletics Federation on the grounds that the sport could not afford it.

Tribute

Brendan Foster, a Olympic, European and Commonwealth medallist and a close friend of Gold, said: "He did a professional job for countless years for athletics on an amateur, unpaid, basis.

"When the sport finally turned totally professional he helped guide the important changes through.

"His knowledge of the sport was unbelievable and his enthusiasm for athletics unmatchable.

"Sir Arthur was a backbone for so many years and his list of senior appointments clearly shows the massive contribution he made during a lifetime's involvement at almost every level."

His death was announced by UK Athletics during the Inter-Counties Championships at Bedford this weekend.

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