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04 Aug 2004
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IOC President arrives in Athens

IOC President Jacques Rogge arrives in Athens today to attend the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad. Before the Games open on 13 August 2004, the IOC President will chair the Executive Board meeting on 7 and 8 August and the 116th IOC Session, which brings together the 124 IOC members.

Sailing and rugby
It will be the first summer Games for Jacques Rogge as IOC President. Rogge participated in sailing competitions at three Olympic Games (Mexico City 1968, Munich 1972 and Montreal 1976) as an athlete. During his sports career he was also a member of the Belgian national rugby team.

Elected President in 2001
Rogge was President of the Belgian National Olympic Committee between 1989 and 1992, and President of the European Olympic Committees between 1989 and 2001. Elected as a member of the IOC in 1991, he acceded to the IOC Executive Board in 1998 and was elected IOC President in 2001.

Eight IOC presidents
Rogge has had seven predecessors as IOC President: Juan Antonio Samaranch (1980-2001), Lord Killanin (1972-1980), Avery Brundage (1952-1972), J. Siegfried Edström (1946-1952), Henri de Baillet-Latour (1925-1942), Pierre de Coubertin (1896- 1925) and Demetrius Vikelas (1894-1896).

Orthopaedic surgeon
After having finished his studies with a degree in sports medicine, Jacques Rogge worked as an orthopaedic surgeon. He is married and has two children.

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