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Thomas Bach of Germany is new Olympic boss

September 10, 2013|By David Wharton
  • Thomas Bach of Germany speaks after being named president of the International Olympic Committee.
Thomas Bach of Germany speaks after being named president of the International… (Victor R. Caivano / Associated…)

As expected, International Olympic Committee members elected Thomas Bach of Germany as their new president.

Bach had been considered the favorite going into Tuesday's vote at the IOC session in Buenos Aires.

"Thank you very much to all of you," Bach said. "Let us, this great universal orchestra of IOC members, play together in harmony towards a bright future for the Olympic Movement."

Bach replaces Jacques Rogge, whose 12-year tenure ends at the close of the session. The IOC elects its president by secret ballot, handing him an eight-year term followed by the possibility of a four-year term.

Bach has a long history with the IOC that includes stints as vice president and as an executive board member.

Tuesday's voting was completed after two rounds. Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico finished a distant second.

Sergey Bubka, the former pole vaulter from Russia and the best-known candidate outside of Olympic circles, advanced to the second round but finished last.

Other candidates included Ser Miang Ng of Singapore, Denis Oswald of Switzerland and Ching-kuo Wu of Taiwan.

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