Rogge remains tightlipped about successor

Last Updated: Saturday, July 17, 2010 - 09:49

London: The preparations for the next few Olympics are all going according to plan and with no major problems looming, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge has been able to think about his own plans for when he steps down from the most powerful job in sport in 2013.

"I`ll catch up with my older books that I could not read because of lack of time," the former Olympic sailor and rugby international told Reuters in an interview on Friday of his plans when he stands down after having spent 12 years in the role.

"I have absolutely no issues in having a perfectly happy life. ... I`ll be able to do more sport, I`ll be sailing a lot, which I can`t do today.”

"And I`ll be engaged in following contemporary art, which is my passion, going to galleries, going to exhibitions."

The Belgian was elected IOC president in 2001, succeeding Juan Antonio Samaranch, who served for 21 years. Under the existing IOC rules, presidents can only serve two terms, the first for eight years and the second for four.

The next president will be decided in mid-2013 when the IOC meets in Buenos Aires to also decide the host city for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

With three years to go until the vote, the jockeying for positions to succeed him is only just starting, and Rogge, diplomatically, was unwilling to offer any suggestions on who should take over.

"You don`t expect me to say that," he laughed.

"But I will tell you this, the good thing is the IOC has in its mix enough good successors for me and I have absolutely no concern about the future of organisation," he said.

"If I disappeared tomorrow, the organisation would be run by someone else, a man or a woman, and we have very capable people who can lead the organisation very well.”

"So might the best one win, (just) like at the Games."

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, July 17, 2010 - 09:49

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