A lifetime devoted to sport, Jacques Rogge passes away

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by Ian Marshall

During his presidency in particular, the Youth Olympic Games, which took place in Singapore for the first time in 2010, were opened. After the third edition in 2018, the multisport celebration is now an important international meeting in the sports calendar.

It is an event where table tennis is well established, for young players it is the highlight.

Known as an administrator, Jacques Rogge was an extremely worthy athlete in his younger days. He excelled in rugby as he was no less than 16 times Belgian champion; However, his main claim to fame was in the yachting world.

He became world champion and started three times in the Finn class at the Olympic Games. He was present in Mexico (1968), Munich (1972) and Montreal (1976).

An illustrious sports career, but one that is overshadowed by his official roles.

From 1989 to 1992 he was President of the Belgian Olympic Committee, from 1989 to 2001 President of the European Olympic Committee and in 1991 became a member of the International Olympic Committee.

Because of his dedicated efforts, he was knighted in 1992, and a decade later, in 2002, he was named Count of Belgium by King Albert II.

After his resignation from the office of IOC President, Thomas Bach, his successor, awarded him the Olympic Order in Gold.

Especially on Tuesday 25NS In February 2014 HRH presented Anne, the Princess Royal, with the award of Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. In particular, at Buckingham Palace, the award recognized his efforts to make the London 2012 Olympic Games such a success.

Later on Monday 28NS In April 2014, Jacques Rogge was appointed Special Envoy for Youth Refugees and Sport by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to promote goodwill and inclusion.

Known for his involvement in the Olympics, at the time of his death the fact that it was in Tokyo during the 2020 Paralympic Games is poignant.

In 2017, the International Paralympic Committee awarded Jacques Rogge, the Paralympic Order, the highest honor; the award was given in recognition of the fact that he saved the organization from financial disaster.

The cause of death was not officially disclosed; However, it is known that he suffered from Parkinson’s disease.

Jacques Rogge is unfortunately missing; The International Table Tennis Federation expresses its condolences.

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