Election of a new President- the next big IOC contest
10 September 2013
IOC: After awarding the 2020 Games to Tokyo and breathing new life into the ancient sport of wrestling, the 125th session of the International Olympic Committee has one challenge left... finding a replacement for President Jacques Rogge.
It is an unpaid position, but clearly the most valued prize in sports administration with six high profile candidates vying for the title.
The favourite is Germany’s Thomas Bach, an Olympic gold medallist, a loyal deputy to Rogge and heir apparent as Rogge steps down after a 12 year reign.
Other candidates are Richard Carrion, a banker from Puerto Rico, who controls all of the IOC negotiations for television rights.
Sergei Bubka, the champion pole vaulter from Ukraine, Denis Oswald, a long time president of the International Rowing Federation, NG Ser Miang , a businessman and diplomat from Singapore and CK Wu, an architect and President of the International Boxing Federation.
The vote will be held early Wednesday morning Australian time.
Throughout the Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Rogge has received widespread praise for his contribution to the Olympic Movement especially in his fight against doping and match fixing.
The President of the Australian Olympic Committee, John Coates, who will be elected unopposed Vice President of the IOC in Wednesday’s election, says Rogge “is leaving the IOC in very good shape for the incoming President. Rogge has led the fight against doping and match fixing and has provided outstanding leadership and stability for the IOC”.
Mike Tancred in Buenos Aires
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