Bio of IOC President Thomas Bach

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Associated Press

Posted on September 10, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 10 at 1:36 PM

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Thomas Bach was elected president of the International Olympic Committee, succeeding Jacques Rogge.

AGE — 59.

DATE OF BIRTH — Dec. 29, 1953.

BORN — Wurzburg, Germany.

OCCUPATION — Lawyer.

OLYMPIC PARTICIPATION —Team fencing (foil) gold medal at 1976 Montreal Games.

SPORTS PRACTICED — Fencing, tennis, soccer.

YEAR JOINED IOC — 1991.

IOC RESPONSIBILITY — Member of executive board 1996-2004; vice president 2000-04; vice president since 2006; chairman of evaluation commissions for 2002 Winter Olympics and 2004 Summer Games; chairman of juridical and sport and law commissions; chairman of anti-doping disciplinary commissions; negotiator of European TV rights deals.

OTHER — President of German Olympic Sports Confederation since 2006.

QUOTE — "I know of the great responsibility of an IOC president. This makes me humble. I want to lead the IOC according to my motto, 'unity and diversity.' I want to be a president for all of you. This means I will do my very best to balance well all the different interests of the stakeholders of the Olympic movement."

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