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Jacques Rogge Set to retire After twelve years at the helm of international olympic Committee – On the eve of election of new IOC president a look back at the landmarks of rogge’s term of office

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On the eve of the election of a new IOC President, a look back at the landmarks of Rogge’s term of office.

As the election draws near of a new President for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) – the election and announcement are set for Tuesday, 10 September at the 125th IOC session in Buenos Aires – this video profile looks back at Jacques Rogge’s twelve years in office, as he prepares to step down as IOC President.

Since becoming the eighth President of the IOC in 2001, Jacques Rogge has overseen some of the most important milestones in the Olympic Movement’s history. From the first Olympic Games to be held in China and the establishment of the Youth Olympic Games, to the creation of more opportunities for women in sport and the advancement of the fight against doping, the 71-year-old Belgian leaves behind a significant legacy of achievements as he prepares to step down from the IOC.

A former orthopedic surgeon, Rogge competed in the yachting competitions at the Olympic Games in Mexico in 1968, Munich in 1972 and Montreal in 1976. He also played for the national Belgian national rugby team. He was President of the Belgian and European Olympic Committees before taking over from Juan Antonio Samaranch in 2001.

During his presidency, Rogge has successfully overseen the organisation of three Summer Olympic Games (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012), three Winter Olympic Games (Salt Lake City 2002, Turin 2006 and Vancouver 2010) and two Youth Olympic Games (Singapore 2010 and Innsbruck 2012).

This profile contains a range of archive footage from landmark moments in Rogge’s term in office, as well as rarely-seen footage of his sailing days as a young man. It includes interview soundbites with Rogge in English and in French, about what he considers his achievements during his tenure, and the challenges facing sport in the future.

The six presidential candidates vying to succeed him next Tuesday are Thomas Bach (Germany), Sergey Bubka (Ukraine), Richard Carrión (Puerto Rico), Ser Miang Ng (Singapore), Denis Oswald (Switzerland), and Ching-Kuo Wu (Chinese Taipei).