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Prince Willem-Alexander leaving IOC to start new life… as King

Jan 29, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT

dpa / Bas Czerwinski dpa / Bas Czerwinski

Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander is quitting his post as a committee member of the IOC to take on a slightly taller task: King of the Netherlands.

He’s been an IOC member since 1998 and, even though his resignation can’t become official until a September meeting in Buenos Aires, his mother, Queen Beatrix, announced Monday that she’s abdicating her role in favor of the prince come April 30. So now seems a good time to move on.

“It is with no small regret that we accept his resignation from the IOC, but we are equally as enthusiastic to wish him well as he enters the next important stage of his life,” Rogge said in a statement. “The global sports community is grateful for his contributions over the years and the Olympic Movement will always receive the Crown Prince warmly as a true friend of sport.”

We assume this won’t slow his desire to see the Summer Olympics return to Amsterdam in 2028 for the 100-year anniversary of its last Olympics, and could arguably help his case.

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