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Thomas Bach named new IOC president
2013-09-10 12:58:42 | (0 Comments)
German Thomas Bach has been elected as the new president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Thomas Bach, of Germany (left) touches the shoulder of Jacques Rogge, outgoing president of the International Olympic Committee, after Bach was elected the IOC's new president at the 125th IOC session in Buenos Aires, Argentina today. - AP
The 59-year-old lawyer and former fencing gold medallist replaces 71-year-old Jacques Rogge, who is standing down after 12 years in charge.
Bach was the favourite of the six candidates considered for the post in Buenos Aires.
He begins an eight-year term as president, with the possibility of a second, four-year, mandate.
Prior to the vote, Bach said his first priority if elected would be to ensure the smooth delivery of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games, which have been subject to delays, budget overruns and concerns over the warm weather.
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