Olympic Order for Francoise Zweifel
On 28 October, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge presented the Olympic Order to Françoise Zweifel, former IOC Secretary General and Director of the Olympic Museum, at a moving ceremony with a large turnout.
Tribute from the Honorary President for Life
After welcoming those present, the IOC President handed over to Juan Antonio Samaranch, the Honorary President for Life. In a few words, he recalled the efficiency, enthusiasm, humanity, honesty and loyalty of the recipient. “It will be very difficult not to recall Françoise Zweifel’s exemplary commitment to the Olympic Movement”, he concluded.
A faultless career path
Jacques Rogge subsequently recalled Françoise Zweifel’s career path within the institution, underlining her natural sense of communication and legendary kindness. He then presented her with the Olympic Order, in recognition of her eminent service to the cause of world sport and her loyalty to the Olympic ideal as illustrated by Pierre de Coubertin.
This earned a standing ovation, and Françoise Zweifel had difficulty in overcoming her emotion when she took the floor. She thanked everyone who had helped her to build her career, one which she had always sought to reconcile with her private life. The presentation of this Order marks the end of another great chapter of Olympism.
Personalities and friends
The audience included several IOC members: Jean-Claude Killy, Guy Drut, Denis Oswald, René Fasel and Marc Hodler; Lausanne City Councillor Olivier Français; former Museum Curator Jean-François Pahud; the Sports Director of Lausanne University and Chairman of the Friends of the Museum Association, Georges-André Carrel; family members; friends; and former colleagues.
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