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09 January 2018 | in FISU, NUSF News

FISU mourns former Executive Committee and Honorary Member Armando Rocha

Armando Rocha, 1927-2018. Photo © Nuno Goncalves.

LAUSANNE – FISU mourns the recent passing of a former Executive Committee member and current Honorary Member Dr. Armando Rocha from Portugal. Dr. Rocha was a unique and unparalleled figure in the history of university sport in Portugal as central figure to Portugal joining FISU and becoming an active member within the international University Sports Movement.


FISU Honorary Member and FISU Honorary President together. Dr. Armando Rocha with former FISU President George Killian in 2004.  

Dr. Rocha’s life in sport saw him undertake numerous prestigious roles in Portugal such as President of the Sports Development Fund, General Director of Sport of the Portuguese Government, as well as University Sport General Inspector. He was also President of the Portuguese Tennis Federation and presided over the General Assembly for the Portuguese Basketball Federation.


 Dr. Armando Rocha (second from left) accompanied by (from left) Pedro Dias, Paulo Ferreira and Eric Saintrond 

Those who had the privilege to know Dr. Rocha remember him as a distinguished gentleman of remarkable achievements that helped shape the future of University Sports. FISU expresses its deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.