Germany's Thomas Bach named new IOC president

Germany’s Thomas Bach, a former Olympic gold medalist, was elected the new president of the IOC on Tuesday morning. 

The ninth president in the IOC’s history, Bach is the eighth European to hold the position.

Bach will succeed Jacques Rogge, who held the post for the past 12 years. The 59-year-old lawyer earned 49 votes in the second round of the election, 20 more than second-place finisher Richard Carrion from Puerto Rico.

As had been expected all along, Bach earned the position and was welcomed with a standing ovation after Rogge announced his successor.

“This is a really overwhelming sign of trust and confidence,” said Bach, who was a member of West Germany’s 1976 gold medal winning fencing team. “This makes me humble. I want to lead the IOC according to my motto, unity and diversity.”

Many believe that Bach’s past experiences – he served on executive boards beneath two different IOC presidents – played a significant factor. Bach was also the chairman of the legal commission and helped to negotiate European broadcast rights. As a former athlete himself, he helped lead anti-doping investigations as well.

It caps a newsworthy week for the international body as it announced that Tokyo had been awarded the 2020 Olympics and also voted to re-instate wrestling onto the Olympic program. 

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