Dutch king-in-waiting to step down from IOC

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Associated Press

Posted on January 30, 2013 at 5:36 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 30 at 5:36 AM

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander will quit the IOC after he becomes king later this year.

The Dutch government said Tuesday that Willem-Alexander has "asked the president of the IOC to relieve him of his duties."

The crown prince, an avid sports fan, has been an International Olympic Committee member since 1998. Known in the IOC as the "Prince of Orange," he currently sits on the marketing commission.

The government says his resignation from the IOC will be effective from the end of 2013. The move would be ratified at the IOC general assembly in Buenos Aires in September.

Often dressed in orange T-shirts or winter jackets, Willem-Alexander has been a regular fixture at the Olympics since joining the IOC.

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