It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Dr George Ruijsch van Dugteren, the CADF President.
George was not just a supportive colleague but also a friend to all he worked with over many years.
George was previously involved with elite fencing not just in South Africa but also on a global scale. He brought his considerable experience of Anti-Doping to cycling from the Fédération Internationale d’Escrime (International Fencing Federation) when he became Chair of the UCI Anti-Doping Commission from 2007 to 2013 and facilitated the introduction of the, then novel, Biological Passport in cycling.
He was closely involved with the creation of the CADF and it was appropriate that he became its first President in 2013. The International cycling fraternity owes him a huge debt of gratitude for taking forward the cycling Anti-Doping agenda. His contribution to this was immense and he will be greatly missed.
George respected everyone and consulted widely, listening carefully and evaluating all opinions before coming to a conclusion. He was not only a gentleman, but also a gentle man.
We have been privileged to know him and offer our sincere condolences to his family and trust that he now rests in peace.