POSTED: May 9th 2013

Thomas Bach 1st to officially throw his hat in the ring for IOC Presidency

IOC Vice-President Thomas Bach / IOC
IOC Vice-President Thomas Bach / IOC

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president and head of the German Olympic Committee (DOSB), Thomas Bach, has issued a public statement that he will run for the leadership of the IOC. He clarified that he first contacted IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and the IOC members as he is the first to announce his intentions for the top job.

Bach is an Olympic Champion in foil fencing from the team event in Montreal 1976 and the 59-year-old comes from a long sportive as well as administrative background and holds serious credentials to take the top job.

He said in a statement to the press in Frankfurt today:

“Yesterday I first informed IOC President Jacques Rogge, then the IOC Members about my intention to submit my candidature for IOC Presidency in June. Today I informed the DOSB members about my intention. From my first training sessions as a young boy through to becoming Olympic Champion in Montreal to my current tasks as DOSB President, I have dedicated a large part of my life to Olympic sports. Thanks to the wide-ranging assignments I was privileged to have in the Olympic movement, I am humbly aware of the magnitude of the task of an IOC President. At the same time, in honorary positions and throughout my professional career, I have gained a wealth of management and leadership experience in national and international sports, economics, politics, law and society. This is why I feel well prepared. I am honoured that over recent months, many colleagues in the IOC and the German sports community have supported me in this view.

Three months prior to the IOC session, the time will come to officially stand for the post. I will then offer the IOC members for further dialogue my ideas on how the Olympic Movement can master the challenges of the future. My viewpoints stand under the motto ‘Unity in Diversity’, which describes both the universality and the solidarity of the Olympic Movement.”

In 1991 he became a member of the IOC and has served on a number of commissions. Notably he chaired two Evaluation Commissions for Olympic bidding cities, 2002 Salt Lake City and 2004 Athens, and was elected to the IOC Executive Board (1996-2004) and then has had two terms as IOC Vice-President (2000-2004) and (2010-present).

The DOSB Executive Board together with the speakers of all member organizations (Sport Federations, State Confederations and Federations with special tasks) and together with IOC Honorary Member Walther Tröger also put out a statement of support for Bach’s candidacy:

“We welcome Thomas Bach’s announcement of his intention to submit a candidature for the post of IOC President. The German sports community fully supports him. It is the opinion of the DOSB and its member organisations that Thomas Bach is an outstanding candidate for the highest office in world sports. He has proven his leadership skills for many years in various offices in international und national sports.

We in Germany as well as many in international sports appreciate Thomas Bach as a real team leader who is always interested in dialogue and exchange. He is a man of great merit to sports. So for instance, thanks to his integrative leadership the merger of the German Sports Confederation and the National Olympic Committee into the DOSB went absolutely smoothly. Seven years after this merger, the DOSB is an important player in German society and on a growth path contrary to the current demographic trend. With around 28 million memberships in more than 91,000 clubs and 98 (con)federations, the DOSB is the umbrella organisation for German sports and the highly recognised voice of sports in politics, the economy and social discourse.

The German sports community will give Thomas Bach its wholehearted and full support for his candidacy.”

The Presidential race is heating up and a number of IOC members have been rumored to be considering campaigning: IOC Vice-president Ser Miang Ng, Richard Carrion, in charge of the IOC Finance and Audits Commission, Sergei Bubka, pole vault champion, C.K. Wu, head of the international amateur boxing federation (AIBA).

Other members weighing their chances are Rene Fasel, in charge of the international ice hockey federation (IHL), Denis Oswald, head of the international rowing federation (FISA) and Nawal EL Moutawakel, in charge of the Coordination Commission for Rio 2016.

The final vote for the presidency will take place on September 10 in Buenos Aires after the election of the 2020 Summer Games city and the final decision of the sports for the same Olympic program.

Keywords · IOC · Thomas Bach · presidency · DOSB

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