Thomas Bach elected the new IOC President

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Germany's Thomas Bach has been elected as the new president of International Olympic Committee. He with this becomes the ninth president (the eighth European) in the 119-year history of the IOC succeeding Jacques Rogge. Till date all IOC Presidents have come from Europe except for American Avery Brundage (1952-72). 
Thomas Bach:
  • He was an Olympic fencing gold medalist (team foil event) at the 1976 Summer Olympics and presently heads Germany’s national Olympic committee.
  • He, elected to an eight-year term, would be eligible to run for a second and final four-year term in 2021.
  • Bach's successful election came against five other candidates, Sergey Bubka, Richard Carrion, Ser Miang Ng, Denis Oswald and Ching-Kuo Wu.
IOC
  • The International Olympic Committee, a corporation based in Lausanne (Switzerland), consists of the 205 National Olympic Committees.
  • It organizes the modern Olympic Games held in Summer and Winter, every four years.
  • It elects, by secret ballot, the IOC President from among its members for a term of eight years renewable once for a term of four years.
List of IOC Presidents
  • 1. Demetrius Vikelas (1894–1896)
  • 2. Pierre de Coubertin* (1896–1925): Longest serving
  • 3. Henri de Baillet-Latour (1925–1942)
  • 4. Sigfrid Edström (1942–1952)
  • 5. Avery Brundage (1952–1972): Only non European
  • 6. Lord Killanin (1972–1980)
  • 7. Juan Antonio Samaranch (1980–2001)
  • 8. Jacques Rogge (2001–2013)
  • 9. Thomas Bach (2013-Present)
*Godefroy de Blonay (1916–1919) was acting president when de Coubertin joined the French army in 1916 to participate in first world war.
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