Jacques Rogge Biography
Jacques Rogge (born 2 May 1942) full name Jacques Jean Marie Rogge, Count Rogge; is a Belgian sports administrator and physician who served as the eighth President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from 2001 to 2013. In 2013, the IOC announced that Rogge would become their Honorary President.
Born in Ghent, Belgium, during the Nazi Germany occupation, Rogge is an orthopedic surgeon by profession and was educated at the Jesuit private school Sint-Barbaracollege and the University of Ghent.
Rogge is a noted athlete in his home country being a 16-time Belgian national champion in rugby and a one-time yachting world champion. He also competed in the Finn class of sailing at the Summer Olympic Games in 1968, 1972, and 1976. The British School of Brussels named their new Sports Centre in his honour, in October 2016.
Rogge was elected as president of the IOC on July 16, 2001 at the 112th IOC Session in Moscow as the successor to Juan Antonio Samaranch, who had led the IOC since 1980.
Jacques Rogge Olympics
At the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Rogge became the first IOC President to stay in the Olympic village, to enjoy closer contact with the athletes. He also acted decisively in handling the judging and doping scandals. As a result, the first Olympic games under Rogge’s presidency were hailed by many critics as a new era in the Olympic Movement, as it sent a message that the IOC would not tolerate corruption. All three Olympic Games that Rogge has presided over have begun with athletes taking an oath against doping.
Under his term, baseball and softball were removed from the Olympic Programme. The decision was approved at the IOC Session in July 2005 in Singapore and was in force for the London 2012 Summer Olympics. However, Rogge stated at the time of the decision that both sports would be eligible to win back their place in future Olympic Games.
Jacques Rogge Early Career in Olympics
Rogge served as President of the Belgian Olympic Committee from 1989 to 1992, and as President of the European Olympic Committees from 1989 to 2001. He became a member of the IOC in 1991 and joined its Executive Board in 1998.
He was knighted in 1992, and in 2002 made a Count in the Belgian nobility by King Albert II. On 25 February 2014, The Princess Royal appointed him as an Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) at Buckingham Palace for his years of service to the Olympics and in particular for his work on the London 2012 Olympic Games.
On 28 April 2014, Rogge was appointed Special Envoy for Youth Refugees and Sport by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, to help promote sport as an empowerment tool for youth from displaced and refugee communities towards peace, reconciliation, security, health, education, gender equality and a more inclusive society.
Jacques Rogge Family
Rogge is married to Anne Rogge, Countess Rogge and they have two adult children, a son and a daughter.
Jacques Rogge Salary and Net Worth
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Jacques Rogge Honours and titles
Rogge received these honours and titles in Belgium and abroad for his work:
- 1992: Creation of Knight Rogge by Royal decree of King Baudouin
- 2002: Creation of Count Rogge, by Royal decree of King Albert II
- 2011: Member of the Order of Friendship.
- 2011: Officer of the Legion of Honour by President Sarkozy.
- 2013: Grand Cordon in the Order of Leopold; royal decree of 19 September 2013
- 2014: Knight Commander in the Order of St. Michael and St. George, UK 2014
- 2012: Knight Commander in the Order of Orange-Nassau, by royal decree of Queen Beatrix.
- 2015: Knight Grand Cross in the Order of Adolphe of Nassau.
- Knight Grand Cross in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
- Order of Merit of Ukraine
- Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise
- Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria
- Order for Merits to Lithuania
- 2017: Paralympic Order