Jacques Rogge

By: Tania Machowska

The Olympic Games of 1968 was a stirring and busy event., the games were held in Mexico, Latin America, these Olympic games where almost cancelled when hundreds of students lost their lives by security forces, the authorities covered it up and 10 days later the Olympic Games started.

Tommy Smith and John Carlos Afro-Americans, gold and bronze in the 200 m, held their black gloved fist during the ceremony to express their feelings, the beginning of a revolution where black people were no longer considered to remain silent, but they were wrong the organisation punished them by banning them for live from the games, ther was no place for political statements in the Olympic Games.

The games of 1968 were the first games that held a doping tests, although it wasn't as it is these days, the first disqualification took place: Hans Gunnar-Liljenwall was sent back home when he was positive on the use of alcohol.

But not only bad things happened, these were the first games for Jacques Rogge, the Belgian athlete who competed in yachting, he also participate the games of 1972 Munich and 1976 Montreal.

Jacques Rogge was born in Gent 1942, May 2 and completed his studies as a orthopaedic surgeon, and he received an honorary doctorate. Jacques became a yachting athlete and world champion and a member of the Belgium International Rugby Team.

It was in 1990-1992 when he became the president of the Belgium Olympic and Federal Commission, in 1992 he became a member of the medical commission and became vice president in 1994, Jacques was 52 at this moment.

July 16, Jacques Rogge became the 8th President of the International Olympic Comit?

As the vice president he had a major influence to the doping abuse, they named him ‘mister clean'.

Jacques Rogge is a remarkable person, he has always remained the person he has always been, a doctor and an athlete. He once changed his 5 star hotel for the Olympic village', this is the area where all the athletes gather during the Olympic Games, the sleep, eat and live, it has the accommodation what the athletes need but you can't compare it with a 5 star hotel.

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