Ivo Zlatar, FIH Council member, deceased

It is with great sadness and regret that we report the death of FIH Council member and President of the Croatian Hockey Federation, Ivo Zlatar. The 71-year-old Zlatar died on 21st December 1998 in Zagreb.

Zlatar was involved for more than 45 years with hockey in Yugoslavia and later in Croatia. He was nominated as International Umpire in 1966 and umpired in many International Tournaments.

A Member of the FIH Council from 1980 to 1988, he was nominated again in 1990 and remained a Council Member until he passed away.

In 1989, Ivo Zlatar received the FIH Order of Merit Award in recognition of his devotion to hockey, in particular in his position as President of the Yugoslavian Hockey Federation. He later became the President of the Croatian Hockey Federation and 1997, received the country's highest sports award from the Croatian Government and National Olympic Committee for "life work in sport".

Thanks to Ivo Zlatar's hard work in developing hockey, Yugoslavia's first synthetic hockey pitch was installed in 1997 in his club, Mladost Zagreb. His son, Slaven Zlatar, is a well-known indoor and outdoor International Umpire.