As a former Olympic yachtsman, Belgian Jacques Rogge was no stranger to rough waters, but he faced a flood of problems when he took over the helm of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in July 2001, succeeding outgoing president Juan Antonio Samaranch of Spain, a figure who became nearly synonymous with the triumphs and excesses of the modern Olympic movement. Rogge was elected in the hope that he would clear away the aura of scandal that had imperiled the IOC in recent years, particularly the high-profile resignations and felony charges of bribery that grew out of the successful bid by Salt Lake City, Utah, for the 2002 Winter Games. Rogge, a medical doctor who served on the board of the World Anti-Doping Agency, was chosen to cleanse the public image of the IOC and bring some down-to-earth governance to what had become the most opulent sports organization in the world
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