Last night, the Swiss city of Lausanne and the Canton of Vaud organised an official reception to celebrate the accomplishments of Jacques Rogge, whose 12-year term as President of the International Olympic Committee, headquartered in Lausanne, comes to an end this September.
In the presence of Ueli Maurer, President of the Swiss Confederation, Rogge was honoured with several awards for his service and dedication to the Olympic Movement, and was presented with the keys to the city for his loyalty to Lausanne and Switzerland. Mr Maurer himself then presented the IOC President with a piece of rock from the summit of the Matterhorn, one of Switzerland’s most iconic mountains, explaining that it symbolised the heights Rogge scaled in sport.
Jacques Rogge took the opportunity to thank Mr Maurer, Councillor of State Philippe Leuba, Lausanne Mayor Daniel Brélaz and all the residents of Lausanne and Switzerland for their love for sport and support throughout the years.
On a personal note, the IOC President said: “I still recall my very first visit to Lausanne in 1986 and how I fell in love with the city immediately. To stay along the lines of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, I would really say ‘Ich bin ein Lausanner’”.
Lausanne and Switzerland have enjoyed long ties with the Olympic Movement. The IOC has been headquartered in the “Olympic Capital” on the shores of Lake Geneva for almost 100 years. The Olympic Museum, which is currently being renovated, opened its doors in Lausanne in 1993, while the majority of the International Federations are based in Switzerland.
Pictures of this event are available on Flickr