International Chess Federation
Tuesday, 31 Aug 2021 08:21
Jacques Rogge (1942-2021)


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Moscow, 31 August 2021                  N 01_137_2021

On behalf of the International Chess Federation, I would like to express my sincere condolences on the passing of the eighth President of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge.

Mr Rogge devoted himself to the promotion of the Olympic Movement for twelve years, a term that spanned three Summer Olympics and three Winter Games from 2001-2013. During this period, he demonstrated his admirable character by bringing stability and progress to the world of sports during very challenging times.

A former athlete, Jacques had competed at three Olympics for Belgium as a sailor in 1968, 1972 and 1976. He loved sport and he loved to be among them athletes, who he considered his peers.

An accomplished President, Mr Rogge was particularly passionate about raising interest in sport among younger generations. He decisively contributed to establishing the Youth Olympic Games, for which we all are forever indebted.


Arkady Dvorkovich
FIDE President