Lacotte stepping down as IOC director general

IOC director general Urs Lacotte is stepping down because of

health reasons.

The International Olympic Committee said Monday the mutual

decision was made ”in view of the current state of Urs Lacotte’s


The 56-year-old Swiss has reportedly received previous treatment

for heart problems. The IOC says ”it is not desirable for him to


Lacotte’s resignation goes into effect Thursday.

He joined the IOC in 2003, succeeding Francois Carrard.

Lacotte oversaw the administrative offices of the IOC in


IOC President Jacques Rogge says ”Lacotte has performed his

functions with competence, integrity and loyalty.”

The IOC says Lacotte will remain a member of the organization as

Assignments Adviser.