1942 – 2021


Jacques Rogge was the fifth President of the EOC (1989 – 2001). He died on 29 August 2021 at the age of 79.


Leading the Association for more than a decade, President Rogge launched the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in 1991 – a multisport event for Europe’s brightest young talents that is still going strong today.


After becoming IOC President in 2001, he introduced the Youth Olympic Games to the world, just one of the many legacies he will long be remembered for.



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A true example of what it means to live by Olympic principles and ideals.

Steve Scott, EOC European Games Liaison Officer

The Latvian Olympic family received with deep grief the sudden news that President Jacques Rogge had passed away on August 29, 2021, and expressed the deepest condolences to his family, friends and the entire Olympic family.
President J.Rogge is associated with all the most important events of the return of the Latvian Olympic Committee (LAT NOC) to the International Olympic Movement after the restoration of Latvia’s independence in 1991, when LAT NOC became a full and active member of the EOC and ANOC and participated in all Winter and Summer Olympic Games since 1992.
Thanks to J. Rogge’s initiatives and his concern for the young generation of athletes, the European Youth Olympic Days were established, in which LAT NOC has been participating since 1993 (we were among the participants of the first winter EYOD in Aosta, Italy), as well as the Youth Olympic Games since 2010.
J.Rogge also positively assessed the activities of LAT NOC in the research of Olympic history and was an active supporter of the Latvian international editions “Olympic Order. Edition 2012” and “Olympic Encyclopedia”, attracting funding and writing forewords to these fundamental multi-volume editions on the history of the International Olympic Movement in 1896-2018.
Latvia truly mourns, taking away the outstanding Olympian forever ….

Former Presidents of the Latvian Olympic Committee Vilnis Baltins (1988-2004) and Aldons Vrublevskis (2004-2020)

A wise leader, a man of great integrity, It was a huge honor and privilege to work with him

Alexandra Grispou, Hellenic Olympic Committee

I am deeply saddened by the passing of Count Jacques Rogge, former President of the International Olympic Committee and I pay tribute to the memory of our Honorary President.

I have lost a cherished friend, and we have lost an Olympian, who devoted much of his life to the Olympic Movement. As one who leaves others at a loss after he is gone, a great man he was.

I will always remember him, with affection, as a man of great integrity, fulfilling his obligations brilliantly, but never with flaunt, in his measured and unpretentious style. I will truly miss my dear colleague, as a very good doctor and an excellent surgeon, dedicated to athlete health.

May his soul rest in peace.

My sincere condolences and sympathies to his family, his loved ones, and the Olympic Family.

Prof. Ugur ERDENER, MD
IOC Member

Prof. Dr. Ugur ERDENER / IOC Member

It was a deeply saddened to know about the passing away of the former International Olympic Committee President and the Honorary President Count Jacques Rogge.
Count Jacques Rogge, with his great commitment, contributed a lot to the development
of the Olympic Movement and the worldwide sport.
Jacques Rogge was also very linked to Poland, visiting our country many times, his merits have been widely recognized in Poland and in 2000 he was awarded the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.
On behalf of the Polish Olympic Committee and myself, I would like to express the sincerest condolences and words of compassion to the members of the Olympic Movement
and the Family of President Jacques Rogge.

Andrzej Kraśnicki President of the Polish Olympic Committee

We are deeply saddened to learn about the demise of Mr. Jacques Rogge, former IOC President, IOC Honorary Member.

His professional path deserves the greatest recognition and reverence. He will be always remembered as a very active and spirited person whose love and passion for sports were endless.

Mr. Rogge made a huge contribution to promotion of Olympism worldwide and developing youth sport, being a founder of the Youth Olympic Games. His passing away is a great grief and irreparable loss, leaving an unhealed wound in the soul of the Olympic Movement.

The National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus expresses its heartfelt sympathy and sorrow to the Olympic community and Mr. Rogge’s family. The bright memory of Mr. Jacques Rogge will forever remain in our hearts.

With sincere condolences,

Viktor Lukashenko, NOC Belarus President

The Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee sends its most sincere condolences to Count Rogge’s family and joins its members in mourning his loss. Out of respect for this great man and leader and in solidarity with the IOC and other Olympic Movement organisations, the flag of NOC Romania was also being flown half-mast for these 5 days at the Olympic House in Bucharest.

Jaques Rogge was a very close friend of the Romanian Olympic movement. He inaugurated our Olympic House and our Olympic Centre “Sydney 2000” in Izvorani by Bucharest. He joined us on our anniversaries and other happy moments and stood beside us just the same as one of our best guiding instances on our difficult moments throughout the last decades. He was also one of the main supporters of the EYOF Brasov 2013.

All these facts and moments are unforgettable to us and we shall continue to respect and cherish his Olympic legacy just as much as his memory as an example of the highest standard of human conduct.

May he rest in peace!

The Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee

Jacques Rogge was an exceptional leader of the Olympic movement who always saw beyond, who sought, beyond the foam of the days, to find new ways to reinforce the Olympic spirit.
Remembering the first EYOF I was present at (Utrecht 2013), he promoted a direct meeting with the young participants in what were the Festivals that he firmly defended as an example of the spread of the Olympic movement and the multi-sports character of these competitions.
If he created EYOF in the European Olympic Committees, which we can consider the “jewel of the crown” of our organization, he knew how to take that spirit to IOC and implement YOG, one more step towards the integration of young people in Olympism.
Thank you Jacques Rogge!

José Manuel Araújo - Chair of EYOF Commission

I was very sad to hear of the passing of Jacques Rogge, someone who truly had sport and athletes at the centre of his thinking. Jacques was a strong advocate for Olympism and for the inclusion and promotion of young people in sport; a generous and kind man who will be much missed by everyone across the Olympic and sporting community.

Annamarie Phelps OLY Vice Chair British Olympic Association