The International Olympic Academy held an extraordinary meeting after the announcement of the death of Jacques Rogge and has decided to publish the following resolution in his memory:

With deep sorrow and grief, the Ephoria of the International Olympic Academy was informed of the loss of the former President of the IOC and honorary President of the IOC and the IOA, Jacques Rogge, an eminent and remarkable personality of the Olympic Family.

Jacques Rogge, an emblematic as well as a charismatic personality, a restless worker of Olympism, a visionary figure who inspired the Youth Olympic Games, an institution dedicated to the world Youth, offered significant services in the Olympic Movement.

His faith and devotion to the Ideals and Principles of Olympism, led him to further focus on the promotion of Olympic Education, contributing to its successful growth worldwide. A true admirer of the Greek legacy, he has been a loyal friend of the International Olympic Academy, “the cornerstone in Olympic Education” as he described the IOA which he supported firmly and consistently throughout all the harsh moments the institution has experienced, always believing in the importance of its work and mission.

On the occasion of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the IOA foundation, he received as the President of the International Olympic Committee, an honorary distinction, with which the Academy expressed its gratitude for the IOC’s unceasing support.

In 2012 he was named Honorary President of the IOA.

 He has been a great friend of Greece and its Olympic history. He supported the Athens 2004 Organizing Committee, contributing decisively to the  triumphant organization of the “dream Games” as he called them in his speech at the closing ceremony.

Passionate about sport, a “quiet diplomat”, running the IOC for 12 years, he initiated a high profile “zero tolerance” policy on doping by doubling the number of drug tests at the Olympics, tightening guidelines and regulations and insisting on the retested samples from previous Games in order to evade deception and cheating.

The IOA Ephoria also decided

 

  1. To express a condolence message to the family of the deceased and the International Olympic Committee
  2. To establish an annual scholarship for a Greek student in the IOA Master’s Degree programme on Olympic Studies
  3. The IOA and the IOC flags to be flown at half-mast for five days
  4. To publish this resolution in the press as well as on the IOA’s social media