ANOC pays respects to former IOC President Jacques Rogge

ANOC Acting President Robin Mitchell and ANOC Secretary General Gunilla Lindberg today attended the memorial for former IOC President Jacques Rogge who sadly passed away on 29 August 2021.

The memorial was held in person and virtually so that people from around the world could join to pay their respects. EOC President Spyros Capralos was among the guests to attend.

Acting ANOC President Robin Mitchell said:

“Jacques leaves an indelible mark on the Olympic Movement. He was someone who I not only regarded as a dear friend but also as an inspirational mentor. As a fellow physician and former rugby player we shared many common interests and his passion for sport was always so clear to see. He touched so many people around the world and his huge contribution to sport and the Olympic Movement means his legacy will live on for generations. Our thoughts remain with his family at this very difficult time.”

ANOC Secretary General Gunilla Lindberg added:

“Today is a very sad day for so many of us around the world who were lucky enough to have known Jacques and to have been able to call him a close friend. His passing has caused us all great sadness but today has also been about celebrating his life and all that he achieved. As an NOC man we were fortunate to have him as part of our ANOC family for so many years. I will never forget all of the wonderful times I had working with him on the EOC and in the IOC and I know there are so many others around the world who have their own memories they too will forever cherish.

Rogge was President of the IOC from 2001 to 2013, after which he became Honorary President. He served as President of the Belgian Olympic Committee and President of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) before being elected as IOC President. He served on the Coordination Commission for the Athens 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Rogge was also a Belgian rugby champion and represented his country on the national team. He was a 16-time Belgian national champion and a world champion in sailing. He also competed in sailing at three editions of the Olympic Games, in 1968, 1972 and 1976, in the Finn class.

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