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Thomas Bach Elected IOC President


Outgoing International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge (right) congratulates Thomas Bach of Germany after he was elected the ninth president of the IOC during a vote in Buenos Aires on September 10

Outgoing International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge (right) congratulates Thomas Bach of Germany after he was elected the ninth president of the IOC during a vote in Buenos Aires on September 10

Thomas Bach of Germany has been elected president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The IOC held a secret ballot in Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires, on September 10 to elect a new president to replace Belgian Jacques Rogge, who stepped down after 12 years in charge of the organization.

It took two rounds of voting to select Bach from a field of candidates that also included Puerto Rico's Richard Carrion, Switzerland's Denis Oswald, Ukraine's Sergei Bubka, and Singapore's Ng Ser Miang.

Bach, 59, is the first Olympic gold medalist to become IOC president.

He won a gold medal in team foil fencing in the 1976 Games.

Bach is the ninth IOC president in the organization's 119-year history.

He has been a member of the IOC since 1991 and has been vice-president three times.

Based on reporting by Reuters, dpa, and AP
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