sábado 28  de  enero 2023
International Olympic Commitee<br>

Thomas Bach elected to succeed Jacques Rogge as IOC president<br>

<p>Rogge steps down after 12 years in charge<br></p>

The German Thomas Bach has been elected as the International Olympic Committee president, making him one of the most powerful figures in world sport and global affairs.

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Bach had long coveted the presidency, which is awarded for an initial eight-year term, and ran a sophisticated lobbying campaign in which the Kuwaiti Sheikh Ahmad al-Sabah played a controversial role.

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Bach, a 59-year-old former Adidas executive, who joined the IOC in 1991 and has held a number of influential roles, will replace Jacques Rogge to become the organisation's ninth president in its 119-year history.

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Rogge unveiled his successor to a standing ovation from the 102 members present at the IOC's session here that had already decided Tokyo should host the 2020 Games and wrestling should retain its Olympic status.

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"This makes me happy. I want to lead the IOC according to my motto u2013 unity in diversity. I want to be a president for all," said Bach.

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"I will do my very best to balance well all the needs of the stakeholders of the Olympic movement. You should know my doors, my ears and my heart are always open to you."

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Rogge, considered to have restored the credibility and financial strength of the IOC after the Salt Lake City scandal, is standing down after 12 years at the helm.

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Bach saw off a late effort by his five rivals u2013 the Puerto Rican Richard Carrion, the Swiss lawyer Denis Oswald, the international boxing chief Dr Ck Wu, the Singaporean businessman Ng Ser Miang and the former pole vaulter Sergey Bubka u2013 to work together to stop him.

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Bach has promised to overhaul the bidding system for the Games and make them cheaper to host.

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He inherits a financially stable IOC but will immediately face political challenges arising from the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and logistical issues concerning the 2016 Rio Games.

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The German Thomas Bach has been elected as the International Olympic Committee president, making him one of the most powerful figures in world sport and global affairs.

","

Bach had long coveted the presidency, which is awarded for an initial eight-year term, and ran a sophisticated lobbying campaign in which the Kuwaiti Sheikh Ahmad al-Sabah played a controversial role.

","

Bach, a 59-year-old former Adidas executive, who joined the IOC in 1991 and has held a number of influential roles, will replace Jacques Rogge to become the organisation's ninth president in its 119-year history.

","

Rogge unveiled his successor to a standing ovation from the 102 members present at the IOC's session here that had already decided Tokyo should host the 2020 Games and wrestling should retain its Olympic status.

","

"This makes me happy. I want to lead the IOC according to my motto u2013 unity in diversity. I want to be a president for all," said Bach.

","

"I will do my very best to balance well all the needs of the stakeholders of the Olympic movement. You should know my doors, my ears and my heart are always open to you."

","

Rogge, considered to have restored the credibility and financial strength of the IOC after the Salt Lake City scandal, is standing down after 12 years at the helm.

","

Bach saw off a late effort by his five rivals u2013 the Puerto Rican Richard Carrion, the Swiss lawyer Denis Oswald, the international boxing chief Dr Ck Wu, the Singaporean businessman Ng Ser Miang and the former pole vaulter Sergey Bubka u2013 to work together to stop him.

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Bach has promised to overhaul the bidding system for the Games and make them cheaper to host.

","

He inherits a financially stable IOC but will immediately face political challenges arising from the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and logistical issues concerning the 2016 Rio Games.

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