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Biographical information on IOC chief Thomas Bach

September 10, 2013

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Thomas Bach has been elected the new president of the International Olympic Committee, succeeding Jacques Rogge.

AGE — 59.

DATE OF BIRTH — Dec. 29, 1953.

BORN — Wurzburg, Germany.


OLYMPIC PARTICIPATION — Team fencing (foil) gold medal at 1976 Montreal Games.

SPORTS PRACTICED — Fencing, tennis, football.


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.”