Bach takes charge as ioc president

Thomas Bach has taken over the reins from his predecessor, Jacques Rogge, at the IOC headquarters after being elected the ninth president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The recently-elected IOC chief spent his first day in meetings with Honorary President Rogge, IOC Director General Christophe De Kepper, and the IOC directors. Rogge remarked President Bach and he were elected as IOC members at the same Session in 1991 in Birmingham, Great Britain and Bach is an Olympic champion, a team builder, a sports leader and he knows he can rely on you. Rogge added he can tell all that you can also rely on him.

Bach said he had received a lot of advice – or instructions from his predecessor over the last few days and added one man alone or a group alone can never be successful and it always depends on the entire team – each and every person. Thomas Bach went on to remark this is why he is looking to the future with great confidence and he has a really great team in front of me. The IOC head said he wants all to continue to be a part of the team and to continue to contribute to build on the same successful path we have been on.

The appointment of Bach was applauded by the Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC) who said the recently-crowned IOC president has experience as an Olympian and Olympic champion in team fencing (1976 Montreal), as head of the German NOC, as a member of the IOC juridical commission and on the International Council of Arbitration for sport, and as a business leader who has understanding of marketing and was involved with television rights negotiations in Europe. The President of GNOC, Momodou Dibba, while commenting on the contribution of Bach to Gambian sports said the German Olympic Committee has organized series of training program for Gambian coaches and Administrators through the GNOC. Dibba added Bach during the FIFA U-17 Women World Cup in Azerbaijan in 2012 arranged through GNOC a link between Gambia and German Women Football for cooperation in the area of training Gambian women coaches. It was concluded by the GNOC chief that Bach will be helpful to Africa because he has always done some training for sports administrators in Africa. He added if you want to bring the Olympic Games to Africa, you definitely need to help people, train the administrators, bring competition, train the technicians, and prepare people to host the Games properly.

Thomas Bach won on the second ballot in election with 49 votes, with Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico winning 29 votes, followed by Ser Miang Ng of Singapore with 6, Denis Oswald of Switzerland with 5, and Sergey Bubka of Ukraine with 4. The first Olympic gold medalist to become IOC president, Bach, said he would be cutting all his other commitments, including the presidency of the Arab-German Chamber of Commerce but added he would like to remain chairman of the supervisory board of the machine building company in Tauberbischofsheim.

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