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Jacques Rogge, former IOC president, dies at 79

Rogge served as president from 2001 to 2013, overseeing three summer time Games and three winter Games, in addition to creating the Youth Olympics.

“First and foremost, Jacques loved sport and being with athletes — and he transmitted this passion to everyone who knew him. His joy in sport was infectious,” present IOC President Thomas Bach, who succeeded Rogge, stated in a statement.

Rogge was a rugby participant who represented his native Belgium on the nationwide staff. He additionally competed in crusing, representing Belgium at the Olympic Games in Mexico City in 1968, Munich in 1972 and Montreal in 1976.

An orthopedic surgeon, Rogge was an athlete’s consultant on Belgium’s nationwide Olympic committee earlier than he serving as its president from 1989 to 1992.

IOC President Jacques Rogge, right, stands with his predecessor, Juan Antonio Samaranch, at the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics on February 12, 2010.
Rogge additionally headed the European Olympic Committee from 1989 to 2001 earlier than being elected president of the IOC, taking over from Juan Antonio Samaranch.

“He was an accomplished President, helping to modernise and transform the IOC,” Bach stated within the assertion. “He will be remembered particularly for championing youth sport and for inaugurating the Youth Olympic Games. He was also a fierce proponent of clean sport, and fought tirelessly against the evils of doping.”

Bach added, “The entire Olympic Movement will deeply mourn the loss of a great friend and a passionate fan of sport.”

After Bach succeeded him, Rogge was named honorary president. He additionally served as (*79*) Envoy for Youth, Refugees and Sport to the United Nations.

Former IOC President Jacques Rogge looks on during the 132nd session of the International Olympic Committee on February 7, 2018, ahead of the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Sebastian Coe, president of World Athletics and former chairman of the London 2012 Olympic organizing committee, wrote on Twitter that he had missed seeing Rogge and his spouse at the current Games in Tokyo.

“I have a mountainous gratitude for his part in the seamless delivery of London 2012. No Org Cttee could have asked or received more,” Coe wrote. “He was passionate about sport & all he achieved in sport & beyond was done with common decency, compassion and a level head. We will all miss him.”

Rogge leaves behind his spouse, Anne, two youngsters and two grandchildren, the IOC said.

The IOC stated the Olympic flag will likely be flown at half-staff for 5 days at its headquarters and museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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