The Olympic movement has a new leader and Thomas Bach is his name. Jacques Rogge announced that it took two votes for Bach to be elected. Details on the vote are below, courtesy of Alfons Juck.
THOMAS BACH THE NEW OLYMPIC LEADER
BUENOS AIRES (ARG): Germany’s Thomas Bach has been named as the new President of the International Olympic Committee, the most powerful position in world sport, succeeding Jacques Rogge. Jacques Rogge, the outgoing President, announced that the members had elected a new President after two rounds of voting. Just as in the vote for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, there had been a runoff in the first round between C K Wu and Ser Miang Ng, long considered to be Bach’s main challenger. Wu, President of the International Boxing Association (AIBA), lost and was eliminated (36:56 votes). In the first round Bach got 43 votes, Richard Carrion 23, Sergey Bubka 8 and Denis Oswald 7. In the 2nd round Bach 49, Carrion 29, Miang 6, Oswald 5 and Bubka 4. Bach who will lead the movement at least until 2021 is 9th president, first from Germany, 8th from Europe and first with an olympic gold medal (fencing in 1976 in Montreal). The only non-European was American Avery Brundage, who held the position between 1952 and 1972.