BERLIN (AP) — IOC President Jacques Rogge believes his successor should be paid a salary.
Rogge will step down in September after 12 years at the helm of the International Olympic Committee.
Rogge and previous IOC presidents did not receive a salary for what has been considered a volunteer position. Rogge and former presidents did receive living and other expenses.
In an interview published in the German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Rogge says he will propose to the IOC’s executive board before his successor is elected that the president be paid a salary.
He said “independent people” are needed for the job and a young candidate, for example, would need to earn money to look after his or her family. Rogge also noted that many other major sports organizations are already led by paid, professional presidents.