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Saturday, December 7, 2013
German sports body appoints Bach successor

Associated Press

WIESBADEN, Germany -- Germany's national sports body appointed Alfons Hoermann as president on Saturday, filling the position vacated by Thomas Bach when he took over as president of the International Olympic Committee.

The 53-year-old Hoermann has been head of the German skiing federation since 2005.

He received 434 votes from 459 delegates Saturday for a one-year term in charge of the German Olympic Sports Confederation. A vote for another four-year term will take place in December 2014.

Bach, who led the German sports body for seven years before leaving to take the IOC's top job, was selected honorary president.

Hans-Peter Kraemer served as interim president after Bach succeeded Jacques Rogge as IOC president in September.