Currently alive, at 79 years of age.
1942 – Born in May 2nd in Ghent, Belgium. Orthopaedic surgeon, and former rugby player and Olympic competitor.
1968-1976 – He competed in the Games of the Olympiad in Mexico, Munich and Montreal.
1989 – President of the European Olympic Committees (EOC).
1999 – He was the former Chairman of the Medical Commission of the ISAF and World Anti-Doping Agency Council Member.
2000 – Chairman of the Coordination Commissions for the Games of the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney.
2001 – He faced a flood of problems when he took over the helm of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in July, succeeding outgoing president Juan António Samaranch of Spain, a figure who became nearly synonymous with the triumphs and excesses of the modern Olympic movement.
2004 – Chairman of the Coordination Commissions for the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad, in Athens.