German 1976 Olympic fencing gold medalist, and, maybe more importantly, IOC vice president Thomas Bach announced Thursday that he’ll run for the organizations’s presidency when Jacques Rogge’s term ends in September.
“From my first training sessions as a young boy through to becoming Olympic champion in Montreal to my current tasks as [German Olympic Sports Confederation] president, I have dedicated a large part of my life to Olympic sports,” Bach told reporters in Frankfurt Thursday.
“Thanks to the wide-ranging assignments I was privileged to have in the Olympic movement, I am humbly aware of the magnitude of the task of an IOC President.”
Bach, 59, a lawyer by trade, joined the IOC in 1991 and has held various positions before being named to the executive committee. He’s considered powerful and well liked, he speaks a number of different languages, and, we’ll mention again, he won an Olympic gold in fencing. Pretty solid resume.
“I have gained a wealth of management and leadership experience in national and international sports, economics, politics, law, and society. This is why I feel well prepared. I am honored that over recent months many colleagues in the IOC and the German sports community have supported me in this view.”
Bach is expected to go up again fellow IOC VP Ser Miang of Singapore, IOC Finance Commission chair Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico, and IIHF president Rene Fasel of Switzerland, among others.