OYDC Mourns Jacques Rogge former IOC president

OYDC Mourns Jacques Rogge former IOC president

Media Statement

For Immediate Release 

Lusaka, Zambia – Monday, 30th August 2021

OYDC Mourns Jacques Rogge former IOC president

The OYDC Board, Management and staff have received the news of the passing on of former International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Dr Jacques Rogge with sadness.

OYDC Zambia Board Chairperson Simangolwa Shakalima, says “The Centre shall greatly miss this iconic sports administrator who made sure that Zambia had this multisports facility built on land given by the Zambian Government and see that the country starts nurturing and producing top-notch athletes who represent us at various games across the globe. We join the rest of the Olympic movement in mourning this gallant man. We shall not only remember him for this facility but also the support he rendered through the support of the IOC presidents Athletics Challenge from 2012 to 2014”.

Dr Rogge in 2010 launched the OYDC Zambia – Sports Development Centre formerly known as the Olympic Youth Development Centre together with the then President of the Republic of Zambia HE Rupiah B. Banda.

His last visit at the OYDC was when he came with former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2012. The Centre honored Dr Rogge by naming one of the rooms at the facility after his name.

His great contribution to the development of sport not only in Zambia but the globe at large will be greatly missed.

Jacques Jean Marie Rogge, Count Rogge was a Belgian sports administrator and physician who served as the eighth President of the International Olympic Committee from 2001 to 2013.

Issued by;

Fredrick M. Chitangala (Dr)


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