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Jacques Rogge through the years: Highlights of a career

The International Olympic Committee will vote Sept. 10 on who will succeed Jacques Rogge as the organization’s president. The new president will begin his term immediately. On the eve of the vote in Buenos Aires, Argentina, we recall some highlights of Rogge’s career.

— Compiled by Brandon McClung


Rogge competed in the Olympics himself in sailing. He was elected IOC president in 2001.
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Elected president of the European Olympic Committees.

Becomes a member of the International Olympic Committee.

Named an executive board member of the IOC.

Elected IOC president, succeeding Juan Antonio Samaranch.

Rogge becomes the first IOC president to stay in the Olympic village.

NBC lands the U.S. media and marketing rights to the 2010 and 2012 Olympic Games with a $2.2 billion bid.
Vancouver named the host city for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

201 national Olympic committees, a record at the time, participate in the 2004 Games.

London wins the bidding to host the 2012 Summer Games.
IOC votes to eliminate baseball and softball from the 2012 London Games, becoming the first sports dropped by the Games since polo in 1936.

IOC selects Sochi, Russia, to host the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Rogge announces plans for the Youth Olympic Games. The event will take place every two years, with the first Summer Games to be held in 2010 and the first Winter Games in 2012.

Re-elected to a new four-year term as IOC president with an 88-1 vote.
Rio de Janeiro wins the bidding to host the 2016 Olympics.
IOC votes in favor of adding rugby sevens and golf as Olympic sports beginning in 2016.
IOC promises to cover at least part of a potential deficit if the Vancouver Games run a deficit.

NBC secures the broadcasting rights in the U.S. for the 2014-2020 Olympic Games. The deal is valued at $4.4 billion.
IOC votes to include ski slopestyle, snowboard slopestyle and snowboard parallel special slalom at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
Pyeongchang, South Korea, selected to host the 2018 Winter Games.

U.S. Olympic Committee and IOC agree on a new revenue-sharing agreement that will start in 2020 and last until 2040.

IOC votes to drop wrestling from its schedule for the 2020 Games. Wrestling has been a part of every modern Olympics since they began in 1896.
Twelve new events are officially added to the Sochi Olympic Games sports program, bringing the total number of events to 98.

Source: SportsBusiness Journal research

The IOC's presidential candidates

Thomas Bach

Nation: Germany
IOC member since: 1991
Sports career: Gold medalist in fencing at the 1976 Montreal Games; president of the German Olympic Sports Confederation

Sergey Bubka

Nation: Ukraine
IOC member since: 2008
Sports career: Four-time Olympic pole vaulter who won gold at the 1988 Seoul Games; president of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine

Richard Carrión

Commonwealth: Puerto Rico
IOC member since: 1990
Sports career: Executive committee member of the Olympic Committee of Puerto Rico; central board of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA)

Ser Miang Ng

Nation: Singapore
IOC member since: 1998
Sports career: Vice president of the Singapore Olympic Committee; chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Olympic Council of Asia

Denis Oswald

Nation: Switzerland
IOC member since: 1991
Sports career: Three-time Olympic rower, won bronze at the 1968 Mexico City Games; president of the International Rowing Federation (FISA); former president of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF)

Ching-Kuo Wu

Nation: Taiwan
IOC member since: 1988
Sports career: President of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA)

— Compiled by Tripp Mickle