Biographical information on IOC chief Thomas Bach
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.
OCCUPATION — Lawyer.
OLYMPIC PARTICIPATION — Team fencing (foil) gold medal at 1976 Montreal Games.
SPORTS PRACTICED — Fencing, tennis, football.
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.”