Belgium's 'oldest athlete' chooses euthanasia

2014-01-07 22:39
Emiel Pauwels. (Jasper Jacobs, AFP)

Emiel Pauwels. (Jasper Jacobs, AFP)

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Brussels - A Belgian aged 95 and known affectionately as the country's "oldest athlete", has chosen euthanasia after toasting his imminent death with champagne along with some 100 friends and family.

Emiel Pauwels, who said on Monday he had "no regrets... and absolutely no fear of death", was shown in the press on Tuesday smiling and sharing a toast with family, friends and colleagues from his sports club at his home.

"It is the best party of my life," Pauwels was quoted as saying. "Who would not want to go out with champagne and surrounded by all their friends?"

"When the doctor arrives with his injection, I shall leave this world knowing that I have led a full life," he said according to the Flemish daily Het Laatste Nieuws.

Pauwels had been confined to bed in recent months, suffering from terminal stomach cancer.

In only March last year, he had chalked up his last notable athletic achievement - winning the European indoor 60m champion for veterans.

Belgium introduced euthanasia in 2002 and in 2012 reported 1 432 cases, up 25%. The country is currently discussing extending the law to allow mercy killing for children aged over 12.

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