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IOC President Jacques Rogge at White House in Washington
WAP2001112729 - 27 NOVEMBER 2001 - WASHINGTON, D.C., USA: International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge speaks to reporters after meeting with the U.S. President November 27, 2001, at the White House in Washington. Rogge said he and President Bush discussed matters such as security at the 2002 games in Salt Lake City and safe passage for athletes to and from the games. rlw/Roger L. Wollenberg UPI
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Jacques Rogge, Count Rogge (Dutch pronunciation:  ( listen); born 2 May 1942), is a Belgian sports bureaucrat. He is the eighth and current President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Born in Ghent, Rogge is by profession an orthopaedic surgeon and was educated at the University of Ghent. Rogge competed in yachting in the 1968, 1972 and 1976 Summer Olympics, and played on the Belgian national rugby union team. Rogge served as President of the Belgian Olympic Committee from 1989 to 1992, and as President of the European Olympic Committees from 1989 to 2001. He became a member of the IOC in 1991 and joined its Executive Board in 1998. He was knighted in 1992, and in 2002 elevated to the noble rank of Count by King Albert II of the Belgians. In his free time, Count Rogge is known to admire modern art and is an avid reader of historical and scientific literature.

Count Rogge was elected as President of the IOC on 16 July 2001 at the 112th IOC Session in Moscow as the successor to the Marqués de Samaranch, who had previously led the IOC since 1980.

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