IOC current president Thomas Bach will be re-elected as the president of the International Olympic Committee for the upcoming presidential election which will be held on 12th March 2021. The reason why he will be extending his second presidential term as he was elected unopposed for working towards the betterment of Olympic games at International arena.
Thomas Bach to stand unopposed for IOC Presidency https://t.co/vDOzfTvpdE
— IOC MEDIA (@iocmedia) December 1, 2020
“As decided by the IOC Executive Board, the elected President will take office after the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, which will take place from 23 July to 8 August 2021″, the IOC said in a statement.
“If re-elected, his term will end in 2025.”
“I am honoured and humbled by the fact that there are no other candidates,” Bach said.
“I will continue to serve the Olympic Movement to the best of my abilities and will try to be a President for all the IOC Members and the entire Olympic Movement.”
Before serving as the president of International Olympic Committee Bach was a lawyer and Olympic fencer by profession. He is currently the ninth president of IOC and a former member of the German Olympic Sports Confederation Executive Board. Bach who hails from Germany earned a degree in Doctor of Law in 1983 from the University of Wurzburg. He is fluent in speaking multiple languages which includes French, English, Spanish and German.
He was former Foil fencer who competed for West Germany where he clinched gold medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics as well as silver, gold and bronze team medals at the 1973, 1977 and 1979 world championships, respectively. On 9th May 2013, he confirmed that he would run for President of International Olympic Committee. He won that election by 49 votes and moved into IOC office at the IOC headquarters in Switzerland on 17th September 2013.
According to reports from The Guardian Owen Gibson accused Bach of hypocrisy for agreeing to be involved with the hosting of 2015 European Games in Azerbaijan. He has also received an award for Seoul Peace Prize from the Republic of Korea.