Jacques Rogge competed in the yachting competitions at the Olympic Games of Mexico in 1968, Munich in 1972 and Montreal in 1976.
In July 2001 Rogge, who by profession is an orthopaedic surgeon, worked his way up the Olympic ranks and became the eighth IOC President.
On Tuesday and after 12 years at the helm he will step down from his role and will arguably leave the movement in better shape now than when he was voted into the top job.
Following the Salt Lake City corruption scandal that led to the expulsion or resignation of 10 committee members accused of taking bribes, Rogge introduced tough new conflict of interest rules whilst strengthening up the IOC ethics commission.
Measure that many believe re-established the credibility of the IOC.
Since Rogge was elected the organisation has flourished due to TV and sponsorship deals worth billions of euros.
The IOC’s emergency reserves alone stand at around 682 million euros – ten years ago they were at some 76 million euros.
Money aside, 71-year old Rogge insists his successor will face the same challenges to those he tried to overcome during his term in office.
At the 125th IOC session in Buenos Aires Rogge said: “The same challenges that I had to tackle, the rising inactivity of youth, which leads to obesity and which leads to cardiovascular problems. There is the fight we have to lead against doping, match fixing and illegal betting, so the challenges will remain the same for my successor.”
Rogge completed the maximum time in office as president – the eight year term plus the renewable once only four years.
A 12-year maximum possible term in office was entered into force on 12 December 1999 – before that it was unlimited.
Having already voted for the 2020 Summer Olympic host city in Tokyo on Saturday and the sporting schedule for those games the following day, IOC members at the session will now vote for one of six candidates to replace Rogge.
The front-runner to become the new head of the Olympic movement is IOC vice-president Thomas Bach – a 59-year-old German lawyer and former fencing gold medallist.
Making up the six candidates vying for the job are Ukraine’s former world and Olympic pole vault champion Sergey Bubka, Singaporean diplomat and businessman Ng Ser Miang, Taiwanese world boxing chief C.K. Wu, Puerto Rican banker and IOC financial commission chairman Richard Carrion and Swiss Denis Oswald, a former Olympic rower and the former head of world rowing.
The winner will be announced on Tuesday evening.
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