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Thomas Bach, 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 2 Fencing
career 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

5 Criticism 6 Honours 7 Notes and references 8 External links

Early life and education[edit] Thomas Bach
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.[2][3][4] He speaks fluent French, English, Spanish and German.[5] Fencing
career[edit] Bach is a former foil fencer who competed for West Germany. He won a team gold medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics,[1] as well as silver, gold, and bronze team medals at the 1973, 1977 and 1979 world championships, respectively.[6] On 11 November 2017, Bach became the first Olympian formally granted the use of the post-nominal letters "OLY."[7] DOSB presidency[edit]

Sign at the house of Thomas Bach
Thomas Bach
from 1953-1977 at the Sonnenplatz in Tauberbischofsheim

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 Tauberbischofsheim, Germany[8] Bach headed Munich's bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics.[9] In the host city election, Munich
secured 25 votes as Pyeongchang
was elected as host city with 63 votes. IOC presidency[edit]

Like his predecessors Juan Antonio Samaranch
Juan Antonio Samaranch
and Jacques Rogge, Thomas Bach lives in the Lausanne Palace
Lausanne Palace
when he is in Lausanne.[10]

On 9 May 2013, Bach confirmed that he would run for President of the International Olympic Committee.[11][12] 2013 IOC Presidential Election[edit] Bach was elected to an eight-year term as IOC President at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires
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
Jacques Rogge
who served as IOC President from 2001 to 2013.[13] Bach will be eligible to run for second six-year term at the 134th IOC Session
134th IOC Session
in 2019 until 2025.[14] Bach's successful election came against five other candidates, Sergey Bubka, Richard Carrión, Ng Ser Miang, Denis Oswald
Denis Oswald
and Wu Ching-Kuo.[14] The result of the election was as follows:

Election of the 9th IOC President[15]

Candidate Round 1[16] Round 2

Thomas Bach 43 49

Sergey Bubka 8 4

Richard Carrión 23 29

Ng Ser Miang 6 6

Denis Oswald 7 5

Wu Ching-kuo 6 —

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.[17] Olympic Agenda 2020[edit] 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".[18] 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[edit] The first bidding process over which Thomas Bach
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 the 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 Paris
with Los Angeles
Los Angeles
securing the right to host the 2028 Olympics. President Bach presided over the election of Paris and Los Angeles
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 in Milan. Russian doping[edit] 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.[19] He led a meeting on December 5 which ultimately led to the exclusion of Russia from the 2018 Winter Games.[20] 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 scandal.[21] Criticism[edit] Marina Hyde admonished Thomas Bach
Thomas Bach
in The Guardian
The Guardian
for comparing the IOC positively to FIFA
with regard to corruption.[22] Also in The Guardian, Owen Gibson accused Bach of hypocrisy for agreeing to be involved with the 2015 European Games hosted in Azerbaijan.[23] Twenty-nine journalists signed an open letter to Bach calling for him to condemn Azerbaijan's jailing of dissenters and attacks on freedom of expression.[24] 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 evil".[25] Honours[edit]

Doctorate honoris causa
Doctorate honoris causa
from the Universidad Católica de Murcia.[26] Grand cordon de l'Ordre national du Mérite sportif (Grand Cordon of the National Order of Sports Merit) from Tunisia
on 12 March 2016.[27] Honorary Doctorate from the University of Tsukuba.[28] Blue Dragon of the Order of Sports Merit
Order of Sports Merit
from the Republic of Korea[29]

Notes and references[edit]

^ a b "Thomas Bach". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 16 April 2011.  ^ "Mr Thomas BACH – Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund
Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund
, IOC Member since 1991". Olympic.org. 29 December 1953. Retrieved 22 August 2016.  ^ "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
Thomas Bach
Sports DW.COM 10 September 2013". Dw.de. Retrieved 22 August 2016.  ^ Fechten – Weltmeisterschaften (Herren – Florett). sport-komplett.de ^ "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
Thomas Bach
kandidiert für IOC-Präsidentenamt". Spiegel Online. 8 May 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2013.  ^ " Thomas Bach
Thomas Bach
announces IOC presidential candidacy". Espn.go.com. 9 May 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2016.  ^ Zaccardi, Nick. " Thomas Bach
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 September 2013.  ^ " Thomas Bach
Thomas Bach
elected new IOC President". Olympic.org. Retrieved 10 September 2013.  ^ Ser Miang Ng won round one tie-break vote with 56:36 against Ching-kuo Wu. ^ 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 2018-02-14.  ^ "Ahead of Russia decision, Thomas Bach
Thomas Bach
warns critics". NBC. 2017-11-24. Retrieved 2018-02-14.  ^ Lauletta, Tyler (2018-02-09). "IOC president Thomas Bach
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 2018-02-14.  ^ "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 2018-03-02.  ^ "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 2018-02-14.  ^ "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. 

External links[edit]

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Sporting positions

Preceded by Manfred von Richthofen as President of the Deutscher Sportbund President of the Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund 2006–2013 Succeeded by Alfons Hörmann

Preceded by Klaus Steinbach as President of the Nationales Olympisches Komitee für Deutschland

Preceded by Jacques Rogge President of the International Olympic Committee 2013–present Incumbent

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Presidents of the International Olympic Committee

Demetrius Vikelas
Demetrius Vikelas
(1894–1896) Pierre de Coubertin
Pierre de Coubertin
(1896–1925) Godefroy de Blonay
Godefroy de Blonay
(1916–1919, acting president) Henri de Baillet-Latour
Henri de Baillet-Latour
(1925–1942) Sigfrid Edström
Sigfrid Edström
(acting 1942–1946, elected 1946–1952) Avery Brundage
Avery Brundage
(1952–1972) Michael Morris (1972–1980) Juan Antonio Samaranch
Juan Antonio Samaranch
(1980–2001) Jacques Rogge
Jacques Rogge
(2001–2013) Thomas Bach
Thomas Bach

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Champions in Men's Team Foil

1904:  Fonst, Van Zo Post, Díaz (ZZX) 1920:  Olivier, Baldi, Costantino, A. Nadi, N. Nadi, Puliti, Speciale, Terlizzi (ITA) 1924:  Cattiau, Coutrot, de Luget, Ducret, Gaudin, Jobier, Labatut, Perotaux (FRA) 1928:  Pignotti, Gaudini, Pessina, Guaragna, Puliti, Chiavacci (ITA) 1932:  Gardère, Lemoine, Bondoux, Bougnol, Cattiau, Piot (FRA) 1936:  Di Rosa, Gaudini, Guaragna, Marzi, Bocchino, Verratti (ITA) 1948:  Bonin, Buhan, Lataste, Bougnol, d'Oriola, Rommel (FRA) 1952:  Netter, Buhan, Lataste, Noël, d'Oriola, Rommel (FRA) 1956:  Mangiarotti, Di Rosa, Bergamini, Spallino, Carpaneda, Lucarelli (ITA) 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, Godel (POL) 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, Koretsky (URS) 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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