POSTED: May 24th 2013
Denis Oswald head of FISA announces IOC campaign launch
LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications
(SFC) Swiss attorney and head of the International Rowing Federation (FISA) Denis Oswald has announced that he will launch his bid for IOC presidency on June 3rd in Lausanne at the House of Sport.
The 66 year old Olympian has competed in three Olympic Games in rowing and holds a bronze medal from Mexico ’68. He has also been an IOC member since 1991 and served on the Executive Board 2000-2012 and sits on a number of commissions.
He was president of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) as well for 12 years.
Importantly Oswald has hands on experience of the Games as he served as the head of the Coordination Commission for the Athens 2004 Olympics, taking over for Dr. Jacques Rogge when he became IOC president in 2001, and the highly successful London 2012 Games of last summer.
He said in a statement, “It is an honour to announce that I will stand as a candidate for the IOC Presidency.
After competing as a rower in the Games of 1968, 1972 and 1976, I have been fortunate to serve the Olympic Movement in many ways: notably within the Swiss NOC, as Secretary General and then President of FISA, as President of ASOIF and as a member of the IOC - serving on the Executive Board, various commissions and leading the Coordination Commission s for both the Athens 2004 and London 2012 Olympic Games.
More than forty years of service to the Olympic Movement has provided me with a comprehensive understanding of the organisation and the Movement as well as its role and significance in the wider world. This knowledge and experience, together with the skills for which I have been recognised, will enable me to advance the Olympic cause, and the IOC's authority as the leader of world sport.”
This makes five contenders in the IOC Presidency race: IOC Vice-Presidents Thomas Bach (GER), Ser Miang Ng (SIN) and executive board member, Ching-Kuo Wu (TPE), Richard Carrion (PUR), Denis Oswald (SUI), and IOC executive board member Sergey Bubka (UKR) is rumored to follow.
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