POSTED: April 21st 2013

IOC Chief Rogge to propose paychecks for the next leader of the Rings

IOC leader Dr. Jacques Rogge has been the head of the Olympic Movement since July 2001 / IOC
IOC leader Dr. Jacques Rogge has been the head of the Olympic Movement since July 2001 / IOC

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Dr. Jacques Rogge spoke out in an interview with German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung that he plans to recommend to the executive board that the next leader of the organization that owns the Olympic Rings should be a paid professional.

In a surprising move Rogge told the newspaper that he believes that “independent people” are needed to fill the position and that such a candidate would need to be able to support themselves and their family. Until now the president’s position has been a volunteer job however he and past presidents have received living and other expenses.

To make the change from volunteer to paid position this would bring further transparency to the administration of the IOC. And the job is certainly demanding with ongoing travel obligations to meetings and sports events as well as the need for the leader to be hands on there in Lausanne.

Rogge himself said when he campaigned for the presidency that he promised to be a “hands on” president and when he won in July 2001 he promptly quit his flourishing medical office as an orthopaedic surgeon in Belgium and took up residency in Lausanne. As well his wife Anne also gave up her medical practice to follow him. Former President Juan Antonio Samaranch spent many years of his term living in the Lausanne Palace Hotel so that he able to keep his finger on the pulse.

Many of the other top level positions in the major sports federations and organizations are held by paid professionals and it makes sense to follow suit.

The next IOC board meeting is in Moscow on August 9th on the eve of the IAAF World Championships being held the 10th-18th. However this would be barely one month before the IOC elects a new president in Buenos Aires on September 10th so the path for this request might get started sooner.

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