It is with sadness that the International Olympic Committee announces the passing of former IOC President Count Jacques Rogge, he was 79 years old.

Rogge was the 8th president of the International Olympic Committee from 2001-2013 after which he became Honorary President. Remembering his life IOC President Thomas Bach recalled, “First and foremost Jacques loved sport and being with the athletes and he transmitted his passion to everyone who knew him. His joy in sport was infectious. He was an accomplished president helping to modernise and transform the IOC. His legacy will always be remembered particularly for championing youth sport and for inaugurating the youth Olympic games. The entire Olympic movement will deeply mourn the loss of a great friend and a passionate friend of sport”.

AIMS president Stephan Fox stated, “The AIMS family will remember Count Rogge as a champion, an athlete, a triple Olympian and the true ambassador for fair play. He helped to lay the foundation for AIMS and we will be forever grateful for his immense contribution to the Olympic movement in so many ways.”