International Olympic Committee announces passing of Count Jacques Rogge
FITEQ was saddened to hear of the passing of former International Olympic Committee (IOC) President and Honorary President Count Jacques Rogge. On behalf of the global teqball family, the FITEQ Executive Board expresses its sincere condolences to the IOC, as well as Count Rogge’s family and close friends.
Count Rogge was the IOC’s 8th President, leading the organisation from 2001-2013. Following his time as President, he became the IOC Honorary President. He was deeply passionate about sport and competed in the 1968, 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games. Count Rogge served as the President of the Belgian National Olympic Committee from 1989-1992 and as European Olympic Committees (EOC) President from 1989-2001. In addition to his illustrious career in sport, Count Rogge was also an orthopaedic surgeon.
Teqball Co-Founders Gábor Borsányi (FITEQ President), Viktor Huszár (FITEQ Chairman) and György Gattyán (FITEQ Vice-President) said, “Count Rogge always inspired us as sports leaders. He was passionate and innovative and with the later years of his Presidency coinciding with the early years of teqball’s development, we always looked up to him. He will be greatly missed but his legacy of modernisation will continue to touch people in the Olympic Movement’s lives for many years to come. Our thoughts and sympathies at this time are with Count Rogge’s loved ones and with those at the IOC and in the Olympic Movement who knew him well.”