POSTED: May 28th 2013

Olympic Pole Vault champion Sergey Bubka the 6th to run for IOC top office

Sergey Bubka broke the world pole vault record 35 times and now looks to lead the Olympic Movement / Doha Stadium Plus
Sergey Bubka broke the world pole vault record 35 times and now looks to lead the Olympic Movement / Doha Stadium Plus

 LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Ukrainian Pole Vault superstar and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board Member Sergey Bubka launched his campaign for IOC presidency in St Petersburg at the SportAccord Convention today.

The choice of the location means a lot to Bubka who noted, “I started my international sports life here in St Petersburg, when I qualified for the Helsinki World Championships in 1983 and so it is apt that it is here I wish to announce my candidacy for the Presidency of the IOC.


“I deeply believe in our Movement's values and power to improve lives around the globe. The responsibility that comes with being IOC President requires vision, passion and experience, qualities that I believe I will bring to the most prestigious role in sport.”


The Olympian broke the world pole vault record 35 times and won the indoor and outdoor world championships 10 times as well as Olympic gold.


Today he was re-elected onto the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) Council at the SportAccord convention and he currently holds two other key positions, Vice President of the IAAF and President of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine.

Yesterday Bubka met with current IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge to inform him of his decision to run for office. Bubka was a strong supporter of Rogge back in 2001 when he campaigned for the top job in Olympic sports.

“It is a tremendous honor to serve the Olympic Movement alongside so many dedicated and distinguished colleagues in the Olympic Family,” he spoke to a number of Olympic media in a press announcement today.


“As an athlete I was fortunate to have the right team around me, as coaches, as advisors, as friends. And this is my principle of life: even as an athlete doing an individual sport, you cannot succeed alone. Only together, we are strong. Only together, we will be able to address the challenges that lie ahead of us.


“I believe that Membership of the IOC brings with it obligations: to serve the world of sport; to preserve and evolve the great virtues on which Olympism stands; to listen and learn; and to react to the changing times to ensure that the Olympic values continue to reach and inspire a global population.


“Wherever I go, I explain to young people what an important role sport has to play in each and every community. It is a common language that breaks down barriers and fosters respect, but a language that is becoming more and more complex to communicate.


“We must continue to engage young people in sport as they become distracted by a more inactive lifestyle. We must inspire the youth of today and tomorrow to take up sport and uphold its ideals; to create exciting and memorable moments in sport; and to promote the ideals of Olympism in every corner of the world.


“We must use sport as a tool to educate this generation and those to come; we must find new ways to overcome those who cheat through doping or match-fixing; we must contribute to a sustainable environment; and we must spread the message of the Olympic Movement and use its influence on a global political scale as a force for good,” he underlined.


Bubka has served as an IOC member since 1999, and sits on a number of commissions, namely he was Coordination Chairman the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore 2010 that Ser Miang Ng was the head of and who is also a candidate for the IOC Presidency. He is on the coordination commission for the Rio 2016 Games as well.


The IOC Assembly will vote their new leader on September 10 during the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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