|Former ITF Vice-President Kawatei Passes Away|
Tuesday, 06 August 2013 14:32
Eiichi Kawatei, Honorary Life Vice President of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), has died.
Kawatei, who worked with the ITF for over 30 years, passed away on 3 August at the age of 79.
Kawatei was Tournament Director of the Federation Cup in 1981, 1985 and 1989, and of the Japan Open and Asian Open in 1977-86. He was a Japanese Olympic Committee member (1991-2003), Asian Tennis Federation President (1989-2003) and Secretary General (1978-89), and Japan Tennis Association Executive Board Member (1977-93) and Vice President (1993 onwards). He was the founder of the International Club of Japan.
ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “The tennis family lost an exceptional man on Saturday with the death of Eiichi Kawatei. His outstanding commitment to the sport and great enthusiasm played a major part in the growth of tennis throughout Asia and beyond, and he was instrumental in the success of tennis in the Olympic movement.
"He also was tireless in his support of Junior tennis around the world. All of us who served with Eiichi and considered him a friend will miss his optimism and his dedication to our sport.”
Kawatei was recognised for his contributions to the sport in 2012 with the Olympic Order of Merit, the IOC’s highest honour.