Former International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge has received a lifetime achievement award at the World Fair Play awards in Belgium.
The 75-year-old, who was President for 12 years from 2001 to 2013 and is now the IOC’s Honorary President, received the Jean Borotra Trophy at a ceremony in Egmont Palace,in Brussels.
The 54th year of the International Fair Play Committee’s (CIFP) awards.
In 2017, the International Federation of University Sport (FISU) and CIFP signed a Memorandum of Understanding.
The two have a long-standing cooperation, with the Committee in attendance to all Universiades since 2005 and with FISU Vice-President Leopold Senghor sitting on the CIFP board.
“We both share the same ideals about the values of Fair Play, and we are also committed to University Sports,” CIFP President Dr Jeno Kamuti said during the signing.
“We have always talked about promoting Fair Play as much as we can among university athletes.”
Upon receiving the award a visibly emotional Jacques Rogge said, “There are two phrases that I have always disliked.
"Nice guys finish last and that Winning in sport is not the most important thing, but the only thing”.
Rogge also praised the work of the fair play committee and called for the intensification of its efforts.
Over 200 people attended the gala, including Belgium’s First Deputy Prime Minister Didiers Reynders.
A personalized video message from Thomas Bach, the IOC President, was also aired.
The fair play committee have admitted two new Members: HSH The Princess Nora of Lichtenstein and David C. Ulich, President of the Foundation for Global Sports Development.
The CIFP Council also renamed its Youth Fair Play award the "Jacques Rogge Fair Play Trophy for The Youth".
CIFP is an IOC-recognized organization created in 1963 to promote the ideals of fair play on the sports field and beyond.
FISU Vice President Leopold Senghor delivered the 2017 Pierre de Coubertin Fair Play Trophy to Dr Jorge Rodriguez, of Argentina.