Former IOC chief Rogge is dead

The 79-year-old former IOC President Jacques Rogge has passed away. He was able to change a few things at the IOC and was the predecessor of Thomas Bach. From 2001 to 2013 he was President of the International Olympic Committee.

Died at the age of 79: Former IOC President Jacques Rogge

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Jacques Rogge took over the presidency of the IOC in one of the worst crises. The surgeon was able to regain more credibility for the umbrella organization, but was unable to cope with problems such as the reform of the Olympic Games. Now the Belgian has died.

He became president of the International Olympic Committee in 2001 with the reputation of an innovator and reformer. The Belgian’s program was courageous and courageous. He declared war on corruption as well as doping and the gigantism of the Olympic Games. The surgeon and orthopedic surgeon, who was born in Ghent on May 2, 1942, did not succeed in every cut necessary to improve the condition of the IOC during his twelve-year term in office. As the IOC announced on Sunday, Rogge has now died at the age of 79.

Rogge was the inventor of the Youth Olympic Games

“He was a consummate president who contributed to modernizing and transforming the IOC. He will be particularly remembered as an advocate of youth sport and as the initiator of the Youth Olympic Games,” said IOC President Thomas Bach, who succeeded him in 2013. “He was also an ardent advocate of clean sport and tirelessly fought the evils of doping.” But first and foremost, Rogge loved sport and being with athletes. “His joy in sport was contagious,” said Bach.

He succeeded at least to some extent with the reform of the award process, which included the ban on IOC members from visiting Olympic applicants. In the end, ten members had lost their IOC office after accepting gifts and money from the organizers of the Salt Lake City Games.

The challenges won’t change much.

When, at the end of his term in office, he gave Bach a few more words on the way, it sounded like an admission that he had failed because of important things. “The quality of the games is important, the financial situation of the IOC is important and the fight against match-fixing, betting fraud and doping”, emphasized Rogge at the time and added: “The challenges will not change much.”

As a legacy, Rogge leaves the Youth Olympic Games, which were launched in Singapore in 2010 on his initiative. They are intended to arouse young people’s interest in the Olympic idea and sport – also with the help of social media and trend sports.

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