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Olympics: I never felt alone, says retiring Rogge

Jacques Rogge gave his farewell address after 12 years as president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday, saying that while some in power experienced solitude, he never had. The 71-year-old Belgian -- elected in Moscow in 2001 to succeed Juan Antonio Samaranch -- gave a short but moving address to the 100 IOC members assembled for the Session. "You my dear colleagues have always supported me," he said. "You gave me help, guidance and friendship. "Power often brings solitude, I never felt that."

Olympics: IOC members select Rogge's successor

The International Olympic Committee members elected the successor to Jacques Rogge as International Olympic Committee (IOC) president in Buenos Aires on Tuesday after just two rounds of voting. There were six candidates -- all male -- bidding to succeed 71-year-old Rogge, who is stepping down after 12 years in charge, for an initial eight year term. The six candidates were German Thomas Bach the favourite, Singapore's Ng Ser Miang, Wu Ching-Kuo of Taiwan. Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico, Ukrainian athletics legend Sergey Bubka and Swiss Denis Oswald.

Olympics:Rogge: The IOC's 'Mr Normal' leaves great legacy

Jacques Rogge steps down as president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday having firmly imposed his 'Mr Normal' image on the movement and to great effect. Unassuming and humble to the end, he leaves the role as the most powerful man in sport having restored the lustre and honour to the image of the IOC and in strong financial health.

Olympics: Rogge an invaluable ally in fight against doping

Thomas Bach on Monday paid a warm tribute to outgoing International Olympic Committee(IOC) President Jacques Rogge, the man he is seeking to succeed, saying he had been an unerring ally in the fight against doping for the past 12 years. Bach, the front runner among the six male members vying to be elected president when the IOC members vote in Buenos Aires on Tuesday, said he had known when he took decisions at various commissions in the fight against doping that Rogge would back him 100 percent.

IOC finances booming, reserves close to $1 billion: Rogge

By Karolos Grohmann BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee's financial reserves edged close to one billion dollars in 2012 up from just $105 million when outgoing president Jacques Rogge took over 12 years ago, he said in his final report on Sunday. Rogge, who succeeded Spaniard Juan Antonio Samaranch in 2001 and is stepping down on Tuesday, has overseen an unprecedented financial growth within his organization despite the economic turmoil of recent years.

Olympics: Rogge opens his final IOC session

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge officially opened the final IOC Session he will preside over in Buenos Aires on Friday. It will decide on the host city for the 2020 Summer Olympics; vote on which extra sport to accept for the 2020 Games; and determine who is to replace Rogge in his post. The 71-year-old Belgian is stepping down after 12 years in charge. Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo are vying for the right to host the Games in a vote that takes place on Saturday.

Olympics: Rogge opens his final IOC Session

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge officially opened the final IOC Session he will preside over in Buenos Aires on Friday. It will decide on the host city for the 2020 Summer Olympics, vote on which extra sport to accept for the 2020 Games, and determine who is to replace Rogge in his post. The 71-year-old Belgian is stepping down after 12 years in charge. Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo are vying for the right to host the Games in a vote that takes place on Saturday.

Outgoing IOC chief Rogge to step aside once term ends

By Yoo Jee-ho SEOUL, July 10 (Yonhap) -- Jacques Rogge, the outgoing president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), said Wednesday he will step aside for his successor once his term ends later this year, rather than exercise his membership in the Olympic body for another decade. In a teleconference with international media, Rogge, 71, said he will not try to intervene in the business of the IOC and his successor. The new IOC president will be elected at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in September.

Olympics: Rogge defends wrestling U-turn

International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge on Friday defended the organisation's dramatic U-turn on wrestling. Having removed the ancient sport from the 2020 summer Games programme in February, the IOC then included it on Wednesday, three months later, on a short-list of three sports competing for inclusion in those Games. "I don't see any shortcomings in the system, I don't see any errors in the system," said Rogge at the end of a three-day executive board meeting in St Petersburg.

New IOC president to remain unpaid volunteer - Rogge

By Karolos Grohmann ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - The successor to International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge will remain an unpaid volunteer after all six presidential hopefuls turned down the idea of a salary, Rogge said on Friday. Rogge, who steps down in September after 12 years in charge, had recently suggested that the IOC Presidency should be a paid position as the duties of leading the world's biggest multi-sports organization amounted to a full-time job.
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