Cyprus’ Football Association Chief Dies after 17 Years at Post

FILE - In this Thursday, July 8, 2004 file photo, Cyprus Football Association President Costakis Koutsokoumnis carries the Olympic Flame on Kantaras street during Day 33 of the Athens 2004 Olympic Torch Relay in Nicosia, Cyprus. (Todd Warshaw, Pool Photo via AP, File)

NICOSIA (AP) — Costakis Koutsokoumnis, the president of the Cyprus Football Association for the last 17 years, has died at 61.

The Cyprus FA said on its website that Koutsokoumnis died on Monday after a months-long battle with cancer.

From 2001, Koutsokoumnis won seven consecutive elections uncontested after first becoming involved with the association in 1994.

Some of his most significant achievements included bringing the association in line with UEFA’s financial criteria, streamlining judicial bodies, and helping clubs with their bottom line through proceeds from television broadcast rights. He also unified soccer on the island by bringing the rural football league within the association’s fold.

In April, Koutsokoumnis gained a seat on the executive board of FIFA as a UEFA representative.

FILE – In this Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011 file photo, UEFA President Michel Platini, left, walks with Cyprus Football Association President Costakis Koutsokoumnis, during a UEFA summit in southern port city of Limassol, Cyprus. Koutsokoumnis, the president of the Cyprus Football Association for the last 17 years, has died at 61. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)