By Chibuogwu Nnadiegbulam – AIPS Media
LAUSANNE, July 17, 2020 – President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach has expressed his intention to lead the global organisation for another four years.
Bach, who became IOC President in 2013, announced he would run for a second term during the first virtual IOC Session on Friday. An election is due to be held at next year’s IOC Session in Athens.
Speaking at the 136th IOC Session, Bach told IOC Members: “If you, the IOC members, want I am ready to run for a second term as IOC president and to continue to serve you and this Olympic movement, which we all love so much, for another four years.”
His announcement was well received as numerous IOC members praised and appreciated him for his decision.
“I take your support more as an encouragement for the future to work even harder,” he said.
According to the IOC’s longest-serving member, Dick Pound, the tremendous support from members for Thomas Bach’s re-election bid: “The reaction shows you probably don’t have to spend much time on a campaign.”
Bach’s first eight-year term began at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, where he beat Puerto Rico’s Richard Carrión, Singapore’s Ng Ser Miang, Swiss member Denis Oswald, Olympic pole vault champion Sergey Bubka, and Chinese Taipei’s Ching-kuo Wu to succeed Jacques Rogge as IOC President. He won 49 votes of a total 93 in the final round.
Prior to becoming IOC President the 66-year-old was President of the German Olympic Sports Confederation from 2006 to 2013.
TWO IOC SESSIONS IN 2021 There will be two IOC Sessions in 2021. The 137th IOC Session with the presidential elections will be held in the spring in Athens, while the next IOC session will take place in Tokyo before the rescheduled Olympic Games in the summer. The proposal got 89 “yes”, one “no” and three abstentions.
DAKAR 2022 The IOC Session unanimously ratified the postponement of Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Dakar 2022 to 2026. The proposal, made by Senegalese President Macky Sall in a telephone conference with IOC President Thomas Bach, was approved by the IOC Executive Board on July 15.
NEW IOC MEMBERS The following were elected as new individual IOC members: HRH Princess Reema Bint Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who serves on the Board of Saudi Arabia’s National Olympic Committee and has been part of the IOC Women in Sport Commission since 2018, former Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, Cuban Olympic Committee (COC) board member Maria de la Caridad Colon Ruenes and acting Mongolian National Olympic Committee president Battushig Batbold. World Athletics president Sebastian Coe was also elected as an IOC Member ex officio.