Twelve years after taking over with the IOC still recovering from its worst ethics scandal, Jacques Rogge is leaving with the Olympic body in much sturdier shape but with serious challenges ahead. The 71-year-old Belgian will step down as president next Tuesday after steering the International Olympic Committee through a period of relative stability that spanned three Summer Olympics and three Winter Games. Rogge, an orthopedic surgeon who competed in three Olympics in sailing, is completing his term with a reputation for bringing a calm and steady hand to the often turbulent world of Olympic politics. He took a hard line against doping and ethics violations, created the Youth Olympics, oversaw a growth in IOC finances during a time of global economic crisis and made peace with the U.S. Olympic Committee after years of bitter squabbling over revenues. Under Rogge’s watch, the IOC has also taken the Olympics to new places — including awarding the 2016 event to Rio de Janeiro for the first games in South America. “I hope that people, with time, will consider that I did a good job for the IOC,” Rogge said in an interview with The Associated Press, speaking in his typical understated way…. Read full this story
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