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Thomas Bach elected as ninth IOC president

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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:

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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

Marc Leishman will miss Olympics due to wife’s health, Zika

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Australian golfer Marc Leishman will miss the Rio Olympics due to his wife’s health.

“Many of you may know that last April my children and I almost lost my wife, Audrey, to toxic shock syndrome,” Leishman said in a statement. “Since then Audrey has been prone to infection and is far removed from 100 percent recovery of her immune system.

“We have consulted with Audrey’s physician and due to her ongoing recovery from toxic shock and potential risks associated with the transmission of the Zika virus, it was a difficult yet easy decision not to participate.

“I missed playing in the 2015 Masters tournament to be at her side when she was originally stricken and I cannot risk placing her health in jeopardy.

“The Masters and the Olympics are the two biggest tournaments to which a golfer can be invited; however, my family will always come before golf.”

Leishman, 32 with one PGA Tour win, joined the projected Olympic field when countryman Adam Scott said last month that he would skip Rio.

World No. 1 Jason Day is assured one of two Olympic spots for Australian men when the 60-man field is determined based on July 11 world rankings.

With No. 7 Scott and No. 35 Leishman out, the next-best Aussie is No. 63 Marcus Fraser.

Three more major champions — Vijay Singh, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel — also said in April they would not compete in Rio.

Golf returns to the Olympics for the first time since 1904.

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Rory McIlroy worried Olympic golf may be done after 2020

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Rory McIlroy believes golf may not remain in the Olympics after 2020 following a string of major champions announcing they will skip the sport’s return at the Rio Games.

“Because of how [Olympic golf is] being approached in golf circles … I’m not sure if we’re going to have another opportunity to win a gold medal after [Tokyo 2020],” McIlroy said ahead of the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday.

In 2009, the International Olympic Committee voted to re-add golf and rugby to the Olympic program for the 2016 Olympics, with a review in 2017 if they would remain for the 2020 Olympics.

In 2013, Tokyo was elected host city for the 2020 Olympics with a plan that includes golf.

Beyond 2020, golf does not yet have a place in the Olympics. Its chances for the 2024 Olympics could come into focus when that host city is chosen in September 2017.

McIlroy, ranked No. 3 in the world, has repeated he will play for Ireland in the first Olympic golf tournament since 1904 in Rio in August.

Fellow major champions Adam ScottLouis OosthuizenCharl Schwartzel and Vijay Singh said last month they will not play in the Rio Olympics.

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