FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter paid tribute to Ram Ruhee, who passed away on 21 October aged 81 after a long battle with illness.
Ram Ruhee played a significant role in the development of sport, in particular football, both in Africa and on his native island of Mauritius. He founded the country's Olympic Committee in 1972 and went on to become a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)'s executive committee. He was later named an honorary member of the IOC and received the Olympic Order of Merit at the Beijing Games last summer.
He performed a number of tasks within FIFA, as Joseph S. Blatter recalled in a letter to the Mauritius FA and to Ruhee's family. "A man who dedicated his life to sport and to football has left us all too soon," said the FIFA President. "After serving as a member of the FIFA Development Committee and then the Technical Committee, he became a member of our Executive Committee in 1992, a post which he carried out with great effectiveness until 1998. He was also part of the Finance Committee as well as the FIFA World Cup™ Organising Committee."
The FIFA Congress of 2000 recognised Ruhee's many achievements by appointing him an honorary member of FIFA. "I hope that these few well meaning thoughts will go some way to easing the pain of his loss at this time," concluded Blatter.