Germany's Thomas Bach elected ninth International Olympic Committee president

Tuesday September 10th, 2013

Thomas Bach was elected as the ninth International Olympic Committee president. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images) Lawyer and former Olympic fencer Thomas Bach will succeed Jacques Rogge. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Thomas Bach of Germany was voted the new president of the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday.

The ninth president in the IOC's 119-year history has been elected to an eight-year term, succeeding Jacques Rogge, the IOC president for the last 12 years.

The 59-year-old Bach, a lawyer, won a gold medal in team foil fencing in the 1976 Olympics and has been an IOC member since 1991.

He was elected over five other candidates: Sergey Bubka (Ukraine), Richard Carrion (Puerto Rico), Ng Ser Miang (Singapore)  Denis Oswald (Switzerland) and C.K. Wu (Taiwan). The voting procedure eliminated one candidate per round until one candidate received more than 50 percent of the total vote. Bach was elected when he won a majority of votes in the second round.

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