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    Jacques Rogge said he is ready to stand down as president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) following the 2012 London Olympics.

    “If re-elected, my term would last until 2013 and I would still have I think about nine years lease of life as an IOC member,” he told the AroundTheRings website.

    “But I think that would not be proper. I think when you have led an organisation, you become a past or honorary president. I think at the end of my term it will be time for me to resign from the IOC and for the IOC to decide what to do with me. I think the first quality of a past president is to shut up.”

    The former yachting Olympian and Belgian rugby union international has been IOC president since 2001 and is expected to be re-elected for another four-year term at the IOC Congress in Copenhagen in October.

    Rogge added that he thinks the London 2012 Olympics will succeed in its plans of a post-Games legacy.

    “The basics of the legacy are there. I think this is a tremendous legacy… the remediation of east London. There will be a great urban bricks-and-mortar legacy in terms of new affordable housing. And there will be an athletics stadium remaining with a good manageable capacity, so you will have possible sporting legacy.”

    “I believe in the effect of the intangible legacy – more popularity for sport, physical education and engagement in sport at the level of the British population. There will be a legacy of public transport that will remain. There will be no white elephants.”