POSTED: July 15th 2011

IOC marks a decade under Rogge leadership

Dr. Jacques Rogge was elected to lead the IOC on July 16th 2001 at the IOC Session in Moscow / IOC/R.Juilliart
Dr. Jacques Rogge was elected to lead the IOC on July 16th 2001 at the IOC Session in Moscow / IOC/R.Juilliart

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: The IOC celebrates the 10th year anniversary of the election of President Dr. Jacques Rogge tomorrow right in the middle of his second mandate for four years. His final term will last until the IOC session in 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Rogge was elected on July 16, 2001, at the 112th IOC Session in Moscow and is the IOC’s eighth president after the 21-yr leadership of Juan Antonio Samaranch who passed away last year.

After inheriting the IOC in 2001 he has strived to keep the Olympic Games at the pinnacle of world sport and to further enhance the value of the Olympic brand.  

Broadcast rights for four more Olympic Games (2014-2020) were recently marketed in the USA for a staggering US$4.38 billion dollars confirming the economic stability of the organization through the next decade.

The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) were launched and Singapore successfully hosted the first summer edition in 2010 and Innsbruck is preparing to welcome the world’s younger generation of athletes in February of 2012 for the first winter edition. Nanjing, China will host the second summer edition in 2014 utilizing the sports on the London 2012 program.

The IOC has decided to branch out into new areas by choosing Rio de Janeiro to host the first South American summer Games in 2016 and Russia is in the process of developing the Sochi Black Sea area for the 2014 winter edition. PyeongChang was just elected for the 2018 winter Games and will give the Asian winter sports market an infusion for growth.

The next presidential race will heat up after the London 2012 Games and already there are a handful of potential candidates considering jumping into the campaign race.

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