Belgian Jacques Rogge, who held the presidency of the Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) for twelve years, has died on the age of 79.
“With great sadness, the International Olympic Committee announces the death of former IOC President Jacques Rogge. He was 79 years old,” reads the textual content launched by the group.
Rogge was the eighth president of the IOC, succeeded Spanish Juan Antonio Samaranch in workplace after which gave the witness to the present president, the German Thomas Bach.
After being a Belgian rugby worldwide, Jacques Rogge participated thrice within the Olympic Video games as an athlete, in 1968, 1972 and 1976, crusing, in Finn, a class of which he was world champion.
Earlier than acceding to the presidency, the IOC directed the Belgian Olympic Committee and the physique that brings collectively the fifty European Olympic Committees.
“Jacques was above all a passionate about sports, who loved being in contact with athletes. A passion that he transmitted to all who knew him “, pressured Thomas Bach within the assertion.
“He was a dedicated president, who contributed to modernizing and transforming the IOC. To remain in the memory for having prompted the practice of sport among young people and for creating the Youth Olympic Games. He was also a fervent defender of clean and clean sport. of the relentless fight against doping, “recalled the present IOC president. “The whole of the Olympic movement mourns the loss of a great friend and a passionate about sport,” he concluded.