Response of King Willem-Alexander to the death of former IOC president Jacques Rogge

“With the death of Jacques Rogge, the Olympic community has lost an unforgettable figurehead. For twelve years he led the IOC with great determination and conviviality. His love of sport, respect for athletes and passionate commitment to fair play kept the Olympic flame alight, even under difficult circumstances. He gave young people a full and valued place in the Olympic movement. I look back with gratitude and fondness on our many meetings, and I – like many others – cherished his friendship.”