Thomas Bach declares intention to stand for IOC Presidency
On Thursday, Thomas Bach, Olympic Champion Fencing Foil Team Montreal 1976, declared his intention to stand for the post of IOC President. In Frankfurt am Main the 59-year-old President of the DOSB declared:
"Yesterday I first informed IOC President Jacques Rogge, then the IOC Members about my intention to submit my candidature for IOC Presidency in June. Today I informed the DOSB members about my intention. From my first training sessions as a young boy through to becoming Olympic Champion in Montreal to my current tasks as DOSB President, I have dedicated a large part of my life to Olympic sports. 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. At the same time, in honorary positions and throughout my professional career, 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 honoured that over recent months, many colleagues in the IOC and the German sports community have supported me in this view.
Three months prior to the IOC session, the time will come to officially stand for the post. I will then offer the IOC members for further dialogue my ideas on how the Olympic Movement can master the challenges of the future. My viewpoints stand under the motto ‘Unity in Diversity’, which describes both the universality and the solidarity of the Olympic Movement.”
The election of the IOC President will take place on 10 September 2013 during the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires.