The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) is saddened to learn of the passing of Count Jacques Rogge, former President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), from 2001 to 2013.

A former rugby player for the Belgian national team, Rogge competed in Sailing at three editions of the Olympic Games – Mexico City 1968, Munich 1972, and Montreal 1976. After his outstanding career as an athlete, he became President of the Belgian Olympic Committee, and European Olympic Committees. In his 12-year tenure as IOC President, Rogge had the privilege to inaugurate the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, in 2010, making a permanent impact on the Olympic Movement. Following his IOC Presidency, he also served as a Special Envoy for Youth, Refugees and Sport to the United Nations.

“Jacques Rogge was a friend of climbing and an unbelievable fan of sport in general,” said IFSC President Marco Scolaris. “I remember meeting him in Lausanne accompanied by the then President of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, Muriel Sarkany, Belgian like him. He knew everything about her and her results. He accompanied the IFSC in our first years and one of the most recent memories I have, is him and his wife cheering the athletes in Buenos Aires. When I thanked him for his constant support, he simply said: ‘On est là pour ça…’ Farewell Mr President!” 

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Former IOC President Jacques Rogge
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