Former President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Jacques Rogge has passed away.
The founder of the Youth Olympic Games has died at the age of 79, the IOC announced on Sunday.
Details of the family’s request for privacy have not been made public.
Rogge led the IOC from 2001 to 2013 after leading the Belgian Olympic Committee.
The surgeon is survived by his wife Anne, a son, a daughter and two grandchildren.
The deceased was an Olympic sailor in three games in 1968, 1972 and 1976.
IOC President Thomas Bach has said that the entire Olympic Movement will deeply regret the loss of a great friend and sports enthusiast.
He remembered Rogge’s love for sport and being with athletes, a passion he passed on to everyone who knew him.
“His joy in playing sports was contagious. He was an accomplished president, helping to modernize and transform the IOC, ”noted Bach.