OLY (born 29 December 1953) is a German lawyer and former
Olympic fencer. Bach is the ninth and current President of the
International Olympic Committee, and a former member of the German
Olympic Sports Confederation Executive Board.
1 Early life and education
3 DOSB presidency
4 IOC presidency
4.1 2013 IOC Presidential Election
4.2 Olympic Agenda 2020
4.3 Olympic Host City elections
4.4 Russian doping
7 Notes and references
8 External links
Early life and education
Thomas Bach was born in 1953 in Würzburg, West Germany. He grew up in
Tauberbischofsheim, where he lived with his parents until 1977. Bach
earned a doctor of law (Dr. iur. utr.) degree in 1983 from the
University of Würzburg. He speaks fluent French, English,
Spanish and German.
Bach is a former foil fencer who competed for West Germany. He won a
team gold medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics, as well as silver,
gold, and bronze team medals at the 1973, 1977 and 1979 world
On 11 November 2017, Bach became the first Olympian formally granted
the use of the post-nominal letters "OLY."
Sign at the house of
Thomas Bach from 1953-1977 at the Sonnenplatz in
Bach served as the President of the German Olympic Sports
Confederation (DOSB), prior to becoming President of the International
Olympic Committee (IOC). He resigned as the head of the DOSB on 16
September 2013, having served as President since 2006. He was replaced
by Alfons Hörmann, and remained a member of the DOSB Executive Board.
Additionally, he resigned as the head of Ghorfa Arab-German Chamber of
Commerce and Industry. Bach will however continue to serve as the head
of Michael Weinig AG Company, a company in the industrial woodworking
machinery industry that has its headquarters in Bach's hometown of
Bach headed Munich's bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics. In the host
Munich secured 25 votes as
Pyeongchang was elected as
host city with 63 votes.
Like his predecessors
Juan Antonio Samaranch
Juan Antonio Samaranch and Jacques Rogge, Thomas
Bach lives in the
Lausanne Palace when he is in Lausanne.
On 9 May 2013, Bach confirmed that he would run for President of the
International Olympic Committee.
2013 IOC Presidential Election
Bach was elected to an eight-year term as IOC President at the 125th
IOC Session in
Buenos Aires on 10 September 2013. He secured 49 votes
in the final round of voting, giving him the majority needed to be
elected. He succeeds
Jacques Rogge who served as IOC President from
2001 to 2013. Bach will be eligible to run for second six-year
term at the
134th IOC Session
134th IOC Session in 2019 until 2025.
Bach's successful election came against five other candidates, Sergey
Bubka, Richard Carrión, Ng Ser Miang,
Denis Oswald and Wu
Ching-Kuo. The result of the election was as follows:
Election of the 9th IOC President
Ng Ser Miang
Bach officially moved into the IOC presidential office at the IOC
headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 17 September 2013, a week
after being elected President.
Olympic Agenda 2020
Following his election as IOC President, Bach stated that he wished to
change the Olympic bidding process and make sustainable development a
priority. He stated that he felt that the current bidding process asks
"too much, too early". These proposed reforms became known as
Olympic Agenda 2020. These forty proposed reforms were all unanimously
approved at the
127th IOC Session in Monaco.
Olympic Host City elections
The first bidding process over which
Thomas Bach presided over as
President was the bidding process for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Bids
were due in November 2013 and the host city, Beijing, was elected at
128th IOC Session
128th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in July 2015.
Lausanne was elected to host the
2020 Winter Youth Olympics
2020 Winter Youth Olympics during
that same session.
During the bidding process for the 2024 Summer Olympics, President
Bach proposed a joint awarding of the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympics
after several bidders withdrew. The IOC later approved a plan to award
the 2024 Olympics to
Los Angeles securing the right to host
the 2028 Olympics. President Bach presided over the election of Paris
Los Angeles at the
131st IOC Session
131st IOC Session in
Lima where both cities
were unanimously elected.
The next Olympic host city election he will preside over as President
will be the election of the host city of the 2026 Winter Olympics. The
full IOC membership will elect the host city at the 134th IOC Session
Thomas Bach's duties as IOC President have included responding to
Russia's state-sponsored doping scandal. In an address to Olympic
Committees at the national level, Bach criticized what he saw as a
rush to judgment and stated that Russian athletes had a right to due
process. He led a meeting on December 5 which ultimately led to
the exclusion of Russia from the 2018 Winter Games. Speaking at
the Opening Ceremonies of those games, his call to "respect the rules
and stay clean" was widely interpreted as a reference to the Russian
Marina Hyde admonished
Thomas Bach in
The Guardian for comparing the
IOC positively to
FIFA with regard to corruption. Also in The
Guardian, Owen Gibson accused Bach of hypocrisy for agreeing to be
involved with the 2015 European Games hosted in Azerbaijan.
Twenty-nine journalists signed an open letter to Bach calling for him
to condemn Azerbaijan's jailing of dissenters and attacks on freedom
Bach was harshly criticized for what many see as turning a blind-eye
to Russia's state-sponsored Olympic doping effort. Jim Walden,
attorney for Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, who masterminded Russia's
program, called Bach's move to reinstate the Russian Olympic Committee
following the 2018 Winter Olympics, "weakness in the face of
Doctorate honoris causa
Doctorate honoris causa from the Universidad Católica de Murcia.
Grand cordon de l'Ordre national du Mérite sportif (Grand Cordon of
the National Order of Sports Merit) from
Tunisia on 12 March 2016.
Honorary Doctorate from the University of Tsukuba.
Blue Dragon of the
Order of Sports Merit
Order of Sports Merit from the Republic of
Notes and references
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^ "Mr Thomas BACH –
Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund
Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund , IOC Member
since 1991". Olympic.org. 29 December 1953. Retrieved 22 August
^ "Vita Thomas Bach : Olympiasieger im Fechten, DOSB-Präsident"
(PDF). Dosb.de. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
^ "Rechtsanwalt Dr. iur. utr. Peter Zimmermann – About me – Dr.
iur. utr". Zimm-recht.com. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
^ "Lord of the Rings: new IOC chief
Thomas Bach Sports DW.COM 10
September 2013". Dw.de. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
^ Fechten – Weltmeisterschaften (Herren – Florett).
^ "ATR First: A New Honor for Olympians Only". Around The Rings. 11
November 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
^ Mackay, Duncan (15 September 2013). "Exclusive: Bach to officially
resign tomorrow from DOSB after being elected IOC President".
Insidethegames.biz. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
^ "Exclusive: Quality of the 2020 Olympic bidders has put the IOC in a
very comfortable position, reveals Bach".
^ (in French) Laurent Favre and Servan Peca, "Le CIO fait sa mue", Le
Temps, Wednesday 15 April 2015, page 9.
^ "Nachfolger von Jacques Rogge:
Thomas Bach kandidiert für
IOC-Präsidentenamt". Spiegel Online. 8 May 2013. Retrieved 8 May
Thomas Bach announces IOC presidential candidacy". Espn.go.com. 9
May 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
^ Zaccardi, Nick. "
Thomas Bach elected as ninth IOC president". NBC
OlympicTalk. Retrieved 10 September 2013.
^ a b "Next IOC President to be elected this Tuesday". 9 September
2013. Archived from the original on 9 September 2013. Retrieved 10
Thomas Bach elected new IOC President". Olympic.org. Retrieved 10
^ Ser Miang Ng won round one tie-break vote with 56:36 against
^ Mackay, Duncan (17 September 2013). "Bach moves into office at IOC
headquarters after becoming new President". Insidethegames.biz.
Retrieved 22 August 2016.
^ IOC President Wants Changes. gamesbids.com (11 September 2013)
^ Butler, Nick (2017-11-02). "Bach accuses critics of Olympic movement
of ignorance and aggression". Inside the Games. Retrieved
^ "Ahead of Russia decision,
Thomas Bach warns critics". NBC.
2017-11-24. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
^ Lauletta, Tyler (2018-02-09). "IOC president
Thomas Bach took a shot
at Russian doping during his speech at opening ceremony". Business
Insider. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
^ Hyde, Marina (2016-08-05). "Fifa is awful but the Olympics take the
gold medal for sleaze". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
^ Gibson, Owen (2015-06-26). "Silence over European Games in
Azerbaijan is a grim indication of future". The Guardian. Retrieved
^ "Open Letter to Thomas Bach, International Olympic Committee
President, on Khadija Ismayilova's Imprisonment". Pen America.
2015-04-15. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
^ CNN, Henry Young,. "Russian Olympic Committee's reinstatement is
'weakness in the face of evil', says lawyer". CNN. Retrieved
^ "Thomas Bach". UCAM. 2015. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
^ "Caid Essebsi decorates IOC President with Grand Cordon of National
Merit in Sport".
Tunisia News Gazzette. 2016-03-15. Retrieved
^ "IOC chief Bach receives honorary doctorate Photos Kyodo News".
english.kyodonews.jp. Retrieved 2016-11-01.
^ "S. Korean president confers state decoration on IOC chief Photos
Yonhap News". english.yonhapnews.co.kr. Retrieved 2018-03-08.
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1904: Fonst, Van Zo Post, Díaz (ZZX)
1920: Olivier, Baldi, Costantino, A. Nadi, N. Nadi, Puliti,
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1924: Cattiau, Coutrot, de Luget, Ducret, Gaudin, Jobier,
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1936: Di Rosa, Gaudini, Guaragna, Marzi, Bocchino,
1948: Bonin, Buhan, Lataste, Bougnol, d'Oriola,
1952: Netter, Buhan, Lataste, Noël, d'Oriola, Rommel (FRA)
1956: Mangiarotti, Di Rosa, Bergamini, Spallino, Carpaneda,
1960: Zhdanovich, Sisikin, Midler, Sveshnikov, Rudov (URS)
1964: Zhdanovich, Sisikin, Midler, Sveshnikov, Sharov (URS)
1968: Magnan, Revenu, Noël, Berolatti, Dimont (FRA)
1972: Woyda, Koziejowski, Kaczmarek, Dąbrowski,
1976: Bach, Hein, Reichert, Behr, Sens-Gorius (FRG)
1980: Pietruszka, Flament, Jolyot, Bonnin, Boscherie (FRA)
1984: Numa, Borella, Cipressa, Cerioni, Scuri (ITA)
1988: Romankov, Mammadov, Aptsiauri, Ibragimov,
1992: Wagner, Schreck, Weidner, Koch, Weißenborn (GER)
1996: Shevchenko, Mammadov, Pavlovich (RUS)
2000: Ferrari, Plumenail, Guyart, Lhotellier (FRA)
2004: Cassarà, Sanzo, Vanni (ITA)
2012: Baldini, Avola, Cassarà, Aspromonte (ITA)
2016: Safin, Cheremisinov, Akhmatkhuzin (RUS)
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