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Jacques Rogge, MD Biography

President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)
Con to the question "Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs Be Accepted in Sports?"

“It is a great pleasure to be with you today…to reaffirm our joint commitment to eliminate doping in sport.

Doping is one of the most serious threats the Olympic Movement has ever seen. It undermines all we stand for. It endangers the health of athletes. It undermines the credibility of results. It risks drying out the recruitment of sport, as, one day, parents might refuse to send their children to sports clubs.

The fight against doping involves however much more than elite sport alone. It is not only about testing and sanctioning well-known athletes, it is about the health and future of our population. It is therefore a public health problem. Recent studies indicate the same dynamics that exist in professional sports are emerging in high school and university sport programmes around the world. These studies indicate that hundreds of thousands of teenagers and even pre-teenagers are in danger.

As an advocate for sport and athletes around the world, the International Olympic Committee is unwavering in its commitment to combat doping in sport. This fight is our number one priority.”

Speech by Jacques Rogge at the World Conference on Doping in Sport, Madrid, Spain, Nov. 15, 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Eighth President, International Olympic Committee (IOC), July 16, 2001-present
  • Member, Executive Board, IOC, 1998-present
  • Member, IOC, 1991-present
  • President, European Olympic Committees, 1989-2001
  • President, Belgian National Olympic Committee, 1989-1992
  • Orthopaedic surgeon
  • Former Lecturer, Free University (Brussels, Belgium)
  • Former Lecturer, University of Ghent
  • Yachting Competitor in the Olympic Games in Mexico in 1968, Munich in 1972, and Montreal in 1976
  • Former member, Belgian national rugby team
  • Chef de mission, Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck, 1976 and Calgary, 1988
  • Chef de mission, Games of the Olympiad in Moscow, 1980, Los Angeles, 1984, and Seoul, 1988
  • Former Chairman, Medical Commission, International Sailing Federation (ISAF)
  • MD, University of Ghent
  • Knighted and elevated to Count by His Majesty King Albert II of Belgium
  • Sailing World Champion, twice vice-champion
  • Recipient, Yachting World Cadet Trophy
  • Won ten rugby caps for Belgium
  • 16-time Belgian sailing champion
  • Fluent in Dutch, French, English, Spanish and German
  • Born on May 2, 1942, in Ghent, Belgium