ANOC has paid tribute to former IOC director general François Carrard ©Getty Images

The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) has paid tribute to former International Olympic Committee (IOC) director general François Carrard, who died on Sunday (January 9) at the age of 83.

Carrard began working with the IOC as a legal advisor in 1979, before becoming director general 10 years later until 2003.

He worked under IOC Presidents Juan Antonio Samaranch and Jacques Rogge and is widely credited with the clean-up of Olympic governance that followed the Salt Lake City bribery scandal after it was awarded the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

Carrard also played a major role in setting up the World Anti-Doping Agency and the introduction of the first World Anti-Doping Code.

ANOC Acting President Robin Mitchell described Carrard as a "very fine man" as he paid tribute to the former sports lawyer.

"François Carrard was a very fine man who was welcoming to new IOC members like me in 1994 and who became a good friend and colleague in the various ways that we worked together over the years," said Mitchell. 

ANOC Acting President Robin Mitchell described Carrard as a
ANOC Acting President Robin Mitchell described Carrard as a "very fine man" ©Getty Images

"He, of course, played a critical role for the IOC during a very important time in its history, but even after the IOC, he continued to support the Olympic family advising ANOC, International Federations and many other Olympic organisations. 

"His legacy will live on in the reforms he helped so many deliver."

ANOC secretary general Gunilla Lindberg added: "ANOC, like so many organisations in the Olympic Movement, benefited greatly from François Carrard’s counsel, expertise and friendship. 

"He was a long-term advisor for ANOC and we were able to count on his support for many years, including during the creation of the ANOC World Beach Games. 

"He will be greatly missed but never forgotten."