The World Curling Federation is saddened by the passing of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Honorary President, Jacques Rogge, at the age of 79.
World Curling Federation President, Kate Caithness said: “I was deeply saddened to hear this news. He was a great supporter of our sport and a frequent and knowledgeable visitor to our venues across the years. We will miss him greatly, especially his presence in the stands at next year’s Olympics in Beijing.
“I vividly recall the enthusiasm and passion he shared with us during his visit to our new Mixed NOC competition in Innsbruck at the first Winter Youth Olympic Games, which he inaugurated.
“The IOC is stronger for having Jacques Rogge as a President and we are fortunate to have benefitted from his involvement in sport. Our thoughts are with his wife Anne and his family at this sad time.”
Rogge served as the President of the IOC from 2001 to 2013, then after his Presidency, he served as a Special Envoy for Youth, Refugees and Sport to the United Nations.
Rogge, an accomplished athlete, not only represented his native Belgium in Rugby, but became a world champion in sailing and also competed at three Olympic Games in the Finn sailing class — in 1968, 1972 and 1976.
The IOC announced that a public memorial service will take place later in the year, allowing members and friends of the Olympic Movement to remember his life and his contribution to sport.
Rogge was married to Anne and leaves behind a daughter, a son and two grandchildren.