Masters’ Committee meeting on 16 May 2005 in Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal – IAAF General Secretary Istvan Gyulai (3rd from left), Torsten Carlius (4th from left), Masters’ Committee Chairman and IAAF Council Member Cesar Moreno Bravo (centre - 8th (IAAF/WMA) © Copyright
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IAAF mourns sudden death of WMA General Secretary Torsten Carlius

MonteCarloThe IAAF has received the very sad news that our friend and colleague, much appreciated member of the IAAF Masters’ Committee, former President, and current General Secretary of the World Masters’ Association, Torsten Carlius (66), has suffered a fatal heart attack, while in Shanghai, China.

“It is with great sorrow that we hear this news. Torsten was a wonderful colleague and friend, who devoted all his life to our sport and who will be sadly missed,” commented Istvan Gyulai, IAAF General Secretary.

Torsten Carlius (SWE), graduated from the School of Economics at the University of Lund, and had been the Chief Financial Officer at the municipal housing company in Helsingborg since 1985.

Torsten was active all his life in athletics and held various offices in the Swedish Athletic Association and its regional association for about 40 years. On the international level he had been leader for Swedish youth and junior national teams, a Swedish Delegate at European Calendar Congresses and at the European Junior Championships, and until the last of WMA (World Masters' Association) Congress in August had been serving as its President.

At the time of his sudden and tragic death, Torsten was the current General Secretary of WMA, a Member of the Board of Governors of IMGA (International Masters' Games Association), co-opted member of the Council of EVAA (European Veterans' Athletic Association), and Member of IAAF Masters’ Committee. His home club was IFK Helsingborg – one of the biggest athletic clubs in Sweden.