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Germany's Thomas Bach elected IOC president

3 years 4 months 1 week ago September 10, 2013 Sep 10, 2013 Tuesday, September 10 2013 September 10, 2013 10:00 AM in Sports
Source: Associated Press

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Thomas Bach has been elected president of the International Olympic Committee.

Bach, a 59-year-old German lawyer, succeeds Jacques Rogge, the Belgian who is stepping down after 12 years as head of the Olympic body.

Bach, the long-time favorite, defeated five rival candidates in Tuesday's secret balloting. He secured a winning majority in the second round.

A former Olympic fencing gold medalist, Bach becomes the ninth president in the 119-year history of the IOC. He is the eighth European to hold the presidency.

 

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