Skip to content

Thomas Bach elected as ninth IOC president

Sep 10, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT

Thomas Bach Getty Images

German Thomas Bach was voted the new president of the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday.

Bach, 59, a 1976 Olympic champion for West Germany in team foil fencing, succeeds Jacques Rogge, whose term limit is up after an initial eight-year term followed by a second four-year term.

“I know of the great responsibility of an IOC president,” Bach said. “This makes me humble. I want to lead the IOC according to my motto, ‘Unity and Diversity.'”

Bach, elected to an eight-year term with the possibility of a four-year renewal, is the ninth president in the 119-year history of the IOC. He has been an IOC member since 1991, the IOC vice president and the head of the German Olympic Committee.

Bach won a majority of votes over six total candidates. It took two rounds of secret-ballot voting.

“I will do my very best to balance well all the different interests of the stakeholders of the Olympic movement,” Bach, a lawyer, said. “You should know that my door, my ears and my heart are always open.”

He beat five other candidates — Sergey Bubka (Ukraine), Richard Carrion (Puerto Rico), C.K. Wu (Taiwan), Ng Ser Miang (Singapore) and Denis Oswald (Switzerland). The voting would eliminate one candidate per round until somebody received more than 50 percent of the total vote.

The final vote totals in the second round:
Bach: 49
Carrion: 29
Ng: 6
Oswald: 5
Bubka: 4

Wu was eliminated in the first round after a tiebreaker runoff vote with Ng.

Dmitry Chernyshenko, president of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Organizing Committee, captured video of the announcement and posted it shortly after:

Thomas Bach

A video posted by @dchernyshenko on

Here is the full list of IOC presidents:
Demetrius Vikelas, Greece (1894-96)
Pierre de Coubertin, France (1896-1925)
Henri de Baillet-Latour, Belgium (1925-42)
J. Sigfrid Edstrom, Sweden (1946-52)
Avery Brundage, U.S. (1952-72)
Lord Killanin, Ireland (1972-80)
Juan Antonio Samaranch, Spain (1980-2001)
Jacques Rogge, Belgium (2001-13)
Thomas Bach, Germany (2013-)

USOC head elected as IOC member

  1. Matthew - Sep 10, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Reblogged this on Carolina Mountain Blue and commented:
    Given the current and on-going controversy over the upcoming 2014 Sochi Olympics, let’s hope Mr. Bach has a steady supply of headache medicine ’cause odds are, he might need them.

  2. skippyaustralia - Sep 11, 2013 at 3:15 AM

    How does a person address Thomas Bach , he is not on Twitter as far as i can see ?

    He said. “You should know that my door, my ears and my heart are always open.”

    With this invite , IT IS URGENT , that he address the PROBLEM of the UCI !

    On 27th Sept 2013 , the UCI will elect a new President for the next 4 year term ! The ” Incumbent , p.Mc Quaid , is a member of the IOC , BUT , because he was a ” renegade ” and dissed the IOC in the 1970’s he was BANNED from Athletic Competition for LIFE !

    How is it he can present Medals in London 2012 Olympics , having been disqualified , yet tell the CYcling World ” IF you do not elect me , you will lose my IOC influence “? SURELY this is BLACKMAIL of the most serious order ?

    Can Thomas BACH , start an 8 year term with this type of low life as part of his Committee ?

    Get real folks , Mc Quaid as Jim Burn in 1970’S gave the IOC the ” finger “, now he is threatening the IOC Sport of Cycling with retribution , should they fail to elect him : see my blog ” Tourdafarce.blogspot ” for a fuller appreciation of the current situation , which threatens to become worse , since he has NO VALID/LEGAL Nomination for these Elections !

    THOMAS BACH show the world that you have the SPINE to ACT , where Jacques Rogge , friendly towards Mc quaid , failed . Looking at Jacques Rogge , in recent TV appearances suggests to me that he may be in Ill Health , thus lacked the resolve to fight Hein Verbruggen for the removal of both from the UCI ?

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!