Stockholm, Aug. 30(ChinaEuropeDialogue)– Jacques Rogge, former International Olympic Committee president has died at the age of 79. They didn’t say whether he died of Covid 19 or other disease.  

IOC announced Jacques Rogge’s death on Sunday, with current president Thomas Bach saying: “The entire Olympic movement will deeply mourn the loss of a great friend and a passionate fan of sport.”; During Rogge’s 12-year tenure from 2001 to 2013, he awarded the 2012 Games to London

According to report from Sky Sport, and IOC website,

Jacques Rogge, who has died aged 79, was International Olympic Committee president for 12 years

Former International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge has died at the age of 79.

The IOC announced his death on Sunday, with current incumbent Thomas Bach saying: “His joy in sport was infectious.”Sponsored lin

During Rogge’s 12-year tenure from 2001 to 2013, he awarded the 2012 Games to London, having also competed at three Olympics for Belgium as a sailor in 1968, 1972 and 1976.


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His sailing career saw him win 16 national titles, while he also played rugby for Belgium. He became the IOC’s honorary president after leaving the post in 2013.

Current IOC president Thomas Bach led the tributes to Rogge on Sunday

“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,” Bach said.

“He was an accomplished president, helping to modernise and transform the IOC. 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.

“Since we were elected as IOC members together, we shared a wonderful bond of friendship, and this continued until his last days, when the entire Olympic movement and I could still benefit from his contribution, in particular on the board of the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage.

“The entire Olympic movement will deeply mourn the loss of a great friend and a passionate fan of sport.”

World Athletics president Sebastian Coe led London 2012's bid

World Athletics president Sebastian Coe, who led London 2012’s bid, tweeted: “I am beyond sad to hear the news of Jacques passing.

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“I wrote to Jacques and Anne 2 weeks ago to tell them that all of us @WorldAthletics missed them at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. I said it wasn’t the same being in the Olympic stadium watching athletics without them … “I have a mountainous gratitude for his part in the seamless delivery of London 2012. No Org Cttee could have asked or received more.

“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.”

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Xuefei Chen Axelsson is an independent media person. She has been a journalist for 30 years. She studied English, International politics, and sustainable development. She has been to Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and America, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and all the nordic countries including Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Britain. She is good at talking with all kinds of people and exchange ideas and serves as a bridge between China and the world.

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