Thomas Bach

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Thomas Bach
9th President of the
International Olympic Committee
Assumed office
10 September 2013
Honorary President The Count Rogge
Preceded by The Count Rogge
Personal details
Born (1953-12-29) 29 December 1953 (age 62)
Würzburg, West Germany
Nationality German
Political party Free Democratic
Alma mater University of Würzburg
Profession Lawyer

Thomas Bach (born 29 December 1953 in Würzburg, Germany) is a German lawyer and former Olympic champion fencer. Bach is the ninth and current President of the International Olympic Committee, and a former member of the Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund Executive Board.

Fencing career[edit]

Medal record
Men's fencing
Representing  West Germany
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1976 Montréal Foil, team

Bach is a former fencer of the Fencing-Club Tauberbischofsheim. He competed at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and won a Gold Medal in the team foil event, representing West Germany.[1][2] A year later, he was crowned World Champion at the World Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


He obtained a doctor of laws (Dr. iur. utr.) degree in 1983 from the University of Würzburg, Germany.[3][4][5]

DOSB presidency[edit]

Thomas Bach served as the President of the Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund (DOSB), prior to becoming President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). He resigned as the head of the DOSB on 16 September 2013, having served as President since 2006. He was replaced by Alfons Hörmann, and remained a member of the DOSB Executive Board. Additionally, he resigned as the head of Ghorfa Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Bach will however continue to serve as the head of Michael Weinig AG Company, a company in the industrial woodworking machinery industry that has its headquarters in Bach's hometown of Tauberbischofsheim, Germany[6]

Bach headed Munich's bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics.[7] In the host city election, Munich secured 25 votes as Pyeongchang was elected as host city with 63 votes.

IOC presidency[edit]

Thomas Bach with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the 2014 Winter Olympics opening ceremony
Like his predecessors Juan Antonio Samaranch and Jacques Rogge, Thomas Bach lives in the Lausanne Palace when he is in Lausanne.[8]

On 9 May 2013, Bach confirmed that he would run for President of the International Olympic Committee.[9][10]

Bach was elected to an eight-year term as IOC President at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires on 10 September 2013. He secured 49 votes in the final round of voting, giving him the majority needed to be elected. He succeeds Jacques Rogge who served as IOC President from 2001 to 2013.[11] Bach will be eligible to run for one additional four-year term at the 133rd IOC Session in 2021 until 2025.[12]

Bach's successful election came against five other candidates, Sergey Bubka, Richard Carrión, Ng Ser Miang, Denis Oswald and Wu Ching-Kuo.[12] The result of the election was as follows:

Election of the 9th IOC President[13]
Candidate Round 1[14] Round 2
Germany Thomas Bach 43 49
Ukraine Sergey Bubka 8 4
Puerto Rico Richard Carrión 23 29
Singapore Ng Ser Miang 6 6
Switzerland Denis Oswald 7 5
Chinese Taipei Wu Ching-kuo 6

Following his election as IOC President, Bach stated that he wished to change the Olympic bidding process and make sustainable development a priority. He stated that he feels that the current bidding process asks "too much, too early".[15] The first bidding process over which he presided as President was the bidding process for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Bids were due in November 2013 and the host city, Beijing, was elected at the 128th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in July 2015.

Bach officially moved into the IOC presidential office at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 17 September 2013, a week after being elected President.[16] He speaks fluent French, English, Spanish and German.[17]


Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Olympics Statistics: Thomas Bach". Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Thomas Bach Olympic Results". Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Mr Thomas BACH - Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund , IOC Member since 1991". 1953-12-29. Retrieved 2016-08-22. 
  4. ^ "Vita Thomas Bach : Olympiasieger im Fechten, DOSB-Präsident" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-22. 
  5. ^ "Rechtsanwalt Dr. iur. utr. Peter Zimmermann - About me - Dr. iur. utr.". Retrieved 2016-08-22. 
  6. ^ Mackay, Duncan (2013-09-15). "Exclusive: Bach to officially resign tomorrow from DOSB after being elected IOC President". Retrieved 2016-08-22. 
  7. ^ "Exclusive: Quality of the 2020 Olympic bidders has put the IOC in a very comfortable position, reveals Bach". 
  8. ^ (French) Laurent Favre and Servan Peca, "Le CIO fait sa mue", Le Temps, Wednesday 15 April 2015, page 9.
  9. ^ "Nachfolger von Jacques Rogge: Thomas Bach kandidiert für IOC-Präsidentenamt". Spiegel Online. 8 May 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Thomas Bach announces IOC presidential candidacy". 2013-05-09. Retrieved 2016-08-22. 
  11. ^ Zaccardi, Nick. "Thomas Bach elected as ninth IOC president". NBC OlympicTalk. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Next IOC President to be elected this Tuesday". 9 September 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "Thomas Bach elected new IOC President". Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  14. ^ Ser Miang Ng won round one tie-break vote with 56:36 against Ching-kuo Wu.
  15. ^ [1][dead link]
  16. ^ Mackay, Duncan (2013-09-17). "Bach moves into office at IOC headquarters after becoming new President". Retrieved 2016-08-22. 
  17. ^ "Lord of the Rings: new IOC chief Thomas Bach | Sports | DW.COM | 10.09.2013". Retrieved 2016-08-22. 
  18. ^ [2][dead link]
  19. ^ [3][dead link]

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Manfred von Richthofen
as President of the Deutscher Sportbund
President of the Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund
Succeeded by
Alfons Hörmann
Preceded by
Klaus Steinbach
as President of the Nationales
Olympisches Komitee für Deutschland
Preceded by
Jacques Rogge
President of the International Olympic Committee