The NZOC is saddened to learn of the passing of Jacques Rogge, who served the Olympic movement as IOC President from 2001 to 2013.
A life-long sports fan and accomplished athlete, Rogge was a Belgian rugby champion and also competed at three editions of the Olympic Games in sailing, in 1968, 1972 and 1976, in the finn class.
He was an accomplished IOC President, helping to modernise and transform the organisation. 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.
Rogge took a keen interest in the NZOC and valued the contribution the organisation made to the Olympic movement through sport, leadership and integrity.
He visited New Zealand twice during his tenure as president, first for the Oceania National Olympic Committee General Assembly in 2009 and for the NZOC Centenary and Rugby World Cup in 2011.
NZOC President Mike Stanley remembers Rogge fondly.
“Jacques was a fantastic leader and someone who was truly passionate about sport and athletes,” said Stanley.
“He really advanced the Olympic Games in his tenure as President and delivered three fantastic summer and winter Games, as well as creating the Youth Olympic Games.
“It was a pleasure to work with Jacques over a number of years, he will be missed across the sporting world, and we thank him for his significant contribution to sport and the Olympic movement.”
The NZOC extends its sympathies to Rogge’s family, friends and colleagues.
Above: Jacques Rogge is welcomed to New Zealand in 2009