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International Olympic Committee has a new president Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:00

While Belizeans at home and abroad were celebrating the 215th Anniversary of the historic Battle of St. George’s Caye on September 10, 2013, members of the Sporting Fraternity that belongs to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was electing a new president.

Mr. Thomas Bach, a German, was elected as the 9th President of the International Olympic Committee at the 125th Congress of the International Olympic Committee held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bach became the President of the IOC following 2 rounds of voting in which he topped all the candidates for the Presidency.

Bach was born in W?rzburg, Germany on 29 December 1953.

After representing the athletes at the Olympic Congress in 1981 in Baden-Baden, he became a founding member of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, continuing in this role until 1988. He was co-opted as an IOC member in 1991. Since then, he has chaired several commissions (Evaluation, Juridical, Sport and Law, Anti-Doping Disciplinary), been a member of the Marketing Commission and TV Rights and New Media Commission, and acted as chief negotiator for European TV rights.

He was elected to the IOC Executive Board four times and served as IOC Vice-President for more than 10 years.