The former International Olympic Committee (IOC) member and Vice President He Zhenliang died on 4 January 2015 in Beijing following a brief illness. He was 85.
• He Zhenliang began his career in 1955 as an international communication official in National Sports Commission of China.
• In 1964, he became the Deputy Secretary General of the Chinese Gymnastics Association and later served as the Secretary General of the Chinese Table Tennis Association.
• In 1979, he was promoted to the position of Deputy Secretary General of the all-China Sports Federation and the Chinese Olympic Committee (COC).
• Zhenliang was elected as a member of the IOC from the People's Republic of China in 1981 and was elected as IOC Vice President in 1989.
• He became IOC Honorary Member in 2010 and served on the IOC Executive Board three times in 1985, 1994 and 1999.
• He was the Honorary Member of the Commission for Culture and Olympic Education from 2009 to 2015.