Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Bio of IOC President Thomas Bach
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Thomas Bach was elected president of the International Olympic Committee, succeeding Jacques Rogge.
AGE -- 59.
DATE OF BIRTH -- Dec. 29, 1953.
BORN -- Wurzburg, Germany.
OCCUPATION -- Lawyer.
OLYMPIC PARTICIPATION -Team fencing (foil) gold medal at 1976 Montreal Games.
SPORTS PRACTICED -- Fencing, tennis, soccer.
YEAR JOINED IOC -- 1991.
IOC RESPONSIBILITY -- Member of executive board 1996-2004; vice president 2000-04; vice president since 2006; chairman of evaluation commissions for 2002 Winter Olympics and 2004 Summer Games; chairman of juridical and sport and law commissions; chairman of anti-doping disciplinary commissions; negotiator of European TV rights deals.
OTHER -- President of German Olympic Sports Confederation since 2006.
QUOTE -- "I know of the great responsibility of an IOC president. This makes me humble. I want to lead the IOC according to my motto, `unity and diversity.' I want to be a president for all of you. This means I will do my very best to balance well all the different interests of the stakeholders of the Olympic movement."