|9th President of the
International Olympic Committee
10 September 2013
|Honorary President||The Count Rogge|
|Preceded by||The Count Rogge|
29 December 1953 |
Würzburg, West Germany
|Political party||Free Democratic|
|Alma mater||University of Würzburg|
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.
|Representing West Germany|
|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. A year later, he was crowned World Champion at the World Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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
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. Bach will be eligible to run for one additional four-year term at the 133rd IOC Session in 2021 until 2025.
|Election of the 9th IOC President|
|Candidate||Round 1||Round 2|
|Ng Ser Miang||6||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". 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. He speaks fluent French, English, Spanish and German.
- Doctorate honoris causa from the Universidad Católica de Murcia.
- Grand cordon de l'Ordre national du Mérite sportif (Grand Cordon of the National Order of Sports Merit) from Tunisia on 12 March 2016.
Notes and references
- "Olympics Statistics: Thomas Bach". databaseolympics.com. Retrieved 16 April 2011.
- "Thomas Bach Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 16 April 2011.
- "Mr Thomas BACH - Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund , IOC Member since 1991". Olympic.org. 1953-12-29. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
- "Vita Thomas Bach : Olympiasieger im Fechten, DOSB-Präsident" (PDF). Dosb.de. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
- "Rechtsanwalt Dr. iur. utr. Peter Zimmermann - About me - Dr. iur. utr.". Zimm-recht.com. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
- Mackay, Duncan (2013-09-15). "Exclusive: Bach to officially resign tomorrow from DOSB after being elected IOC President". Insidethegames.biz. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
- "Exclusive: Quality of the 2020 Olympic bidders has put the IOC in a very comfortable position, reveals Bach".
- (French) Laurent Favre and Servan Peca, "Le CIO fait sa mue", Le Temps, Wednesday 15 April 2015, page 9.
- "Nachfolger von Jacques Rogge: Thomas Bach kandidiert für IOC-Präsidentenamt". Spiegel Online. 8 May 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
- "Thomas Bach announces IOC presidential candidacy". Espn.go.com. 2013-05-09. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
- Zaccardi, Nick. "Thomas Bach elected as ninth IOC president". NBC OlympicTalk. Retrieved 10 September 2013.
- "Next IOC President to be elected this Tuesday". 9 September 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2013.
- "Thomas Bach elected new IOC President". Olympic.org. Retrieved 10 September 2013.
- Ser Miang Ng won round one tie-break vote with 56:36 against Ching-kuo Wu.
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- Mackay, Duncan (2013-09-17). "Bach moves into office at IOC headquarters after becoming new President". Insidethegames.biz. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
- "Lord of the Rings: new IOC chief Thomas Bach | Sports | DW.COM | 10.09.2013". Dw.de. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
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