Ernst Aichinger, a former vice president of the European sporting goods retailers’ federation (FEDAS) who contributed to the launch of the annual European Week of Sport, passed away on Jan. 14 at the age of 73. The Austrian business graduate was a retail member of Sport 2000 Austria and a board member of VSSÖ, the Austrian sporting goods industry federation. He is credited for contributing to the creation of a greater collaboration between FEDAS and FESI, the European sporting goods industry federation, in lobbying for greater sports participation in Brussels, notably with the introduction in 2015 of the the European Week of Sport under the motto “Be active.”