IOC Director General Lacotte Resigns on Health Grounds

March 29, 2011

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on Monday, recipe March 28, ampoule that Director General Urs Lacotte would be resigning from his post, effective Thursday, for health reasons.

IOC President Jacques Rogger released a statement, saying: “Urs Lacotte has performed his functions with competence, integrity and loyalty, and the IOC looks forward to benefiting from his commitment and experience in the future. The IOC thanks Urs Lacotte and extends its best wishes for his health.”

However, the statement did add that Lacotte will continue to serve, with the IOC saying the position would be called “assignments adviser.”

Having joined the IOC in 2003, taking over from François Carrard, Lacotte stated: “I have tried to manage the organization from the backstage.”

“I didn’t imagine to step down,” but in the end, he said, “I had no choice.”