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Bach elected IOC president


Bach elected IOC president


Thomas Bach was elected president of the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday.

The 59-year-old German Lawyer, former fencing Olympic gold medallist and IOC vice president was voted in at the 125th IOC session in Buenos Aires.

Bach replaces 71-year-old Belgian Jacques Rogge who completed the maximum 12-year term in office.

Since 1999 the maximum term in office is eight years, renewable once only for another four. Before that it was unlimited.

After winning by a majority in the second round of voting – Bach becomes the ninth IOC president and eighth European in the most powerful job in sport.

The new IOC cheif said: “I want to lead the IOC according to my motto – unity in diversity. I want to be a president for all. This means I will do my very best to balance well all the different interest of the stakeholders of the Olympic movement. This is why I want to listen to you and to enter into an ongoing dialogue with all of you.”

The pre-race favourite beat five other candidates to the job.

He won 49 of the 93 available votes in the second round to beat Puerto Rican Richard Carrion into second with 29 votes.

Some of the the first challenges facing Bach will be managing the fall out from Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law ahead of February’s Sochi Olympics which has also been subject to delays and budget overruns.

He will also face a similar problem with Rio’s ability to prepare for the 2016 Games.

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