Mohamed Zerguini; International Olympic Committee Member

Mohamed Zerguini, 79, one of the longest-standing members of the International Olympic Committee and among those implicated in the Salt Lake City scandal, died Thursday in Algiers, the IOC announced.

Zerguini had been an IOC member since 1974, making him the eighth longest-serving delegate in the organization, which currently has 122 members.

Born in Constantine, Algiers, Zerguini was a former colonel in the Algerian army, as well as a minister and ambassador. He was president of the Algerian Olympic Committee from 1968 to 1984.

Zerguini was one of 10 IOC members who received warnings after an internal IOC inquiry into the vote-buying scandal stemming from Salt Lake's winning bid for the 2002 Winter Games.

Zerguini was reprimanded because his family made generous use of Salt Lake-paid trips, personal watercraft rentals and gifts.

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