The former President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Jacques Rogge, was presented with an honorary knighthood on Tuesday 25th February by the Princess Royal in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Princess Anne, who is the chairperson of the British Olympic Committee, honoured the 71 year-old for his ‘service to the Olympic Games’ during his presidency of the IOC. Mr Rogge’s presidency lasted for 12 years, from 2001 to 2013, when he was replaced by Thomas Bach.
Born in Belgium, Jacques Rogge studied medicine and specialised in orthopedic surgery. At the age of 26, he participated in his first Olympic Games in Mexico in 1968. After this, he competed at the Munich games in 1972 and at Montreal in 1976. He participated in the sailing competitions, but did not win a medal in either of the three years he competed.
Mr Rogge withdrew from competitive sailing after the Canada Olympics. Afterwards, he was appointed as a member of the Belgian Olympic Committee in 1989 and was made the President of this board, and served in this position until 1992.
He was also given the presidency of the European Olympic Committee in 1989, and held this position until 2001. It was in this year that he also became IOC president, in place of Spanish Juan Antonio Samaranch who had been in office since 1980.
Princess Anne also participated in the 1976 Montreal games with the British Equestrian team. She was then appointed a member of the IOC in 1988.