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Jacques Rogge, former president of the IOC, dies

Jacques Rogge, former president of the IOC, dies

Belgian Jacques Rogge, who served as president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for twelve years, has died at the age of 79, the body announced this Sunday.

“With great sadness, the International Olympic Committee announces the passing of former IOC President Jacques Rogge. He was 79 years old, ”the text reads.

Rogge was the eighth president of the IOC, succeeded the Spanish Juan Antonio Samaranch and later gave the witness to the current president, the German Thomas Bach.

After being a Belgian rugby international, Jacques Rogge participated three times in the Olympic Games as an athlete, in 1968, 1972 and 1976, sailing in Finn, a category of which he was world champion.

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Before becoming president, the IOC headed the Belgian Olympic Committee and the body that brings together the fifty European Olympic Committees.

«Jacques was above all passionate about sports, who loved being in contact with athletes. A passion that he transmitted to all who knew him ”, stressed Thomas Bach in the statement.

“He was a dedicated president, who helped modernize and transform the IOC. It will remain in the memory for having encouraged the practice of sport among young people and for having created the Youth Olympic Games. He was also a fervent defender of clean sport and the relentless fight against doping, ”recalled the current IOC President.

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“The whole of the Olympic movement mourns the loss of a great friend and a passionate about sport,” he concluded. AFP (HN)

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