Former IOC boss Rogge supports Bach's proposed reforms

Fri Nov 7, 2014 12:50pm EST
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By Julian Linden

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Former Olympics chief Jacques Rogge has given his seal of approval to the proposed changes his successor wants to introduce to the Games.

Rogge, who stepped down as International Olympic Committee (IOC) president in 2013 after 12 years in the job, said he agreed with the current IOC boss Thomas Bach that reforms were needed.

"From time to time, any organization needs to reinvest itself," Rogge told reporters at the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) inaugural awards gala on Friday.

"As Thomas said in the general assembly, sport is a success today, we had a very good games in London and very good games in Sochi.

"He also said the TV audience has been rising and rising and there's a very solid financial basis, and we've created the Youth Olympic Games.

"But you have to anticipate, you have to make changes when you see that there might be problems coming up so I think it's a very good idea."

Since replacing Rogge, Bach has set about developing a 40-point plan that he hopes will modernize the Olympic movement.

He has not revealed the full details of his proposals, which will be voted on next month, but has given some clues, saying he wanted to establish an Olympic television channel and introduce more flexibility to the bidding and staging of each Olympics.   Continued...

International Olympic Commitee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge of Belgium speaks during a news conference in Buenos Aires September 4, 2013. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian