IOC Presidential race

27 May 2013

IOC: Denis Oswald declared his candidacy for IOC president on Friday, becoming the fifth member and second European to enter the race to succeed Jacques Rogge.

The 66-year-old Swiss lawyer and head of the international rowing federation sent a letter to IOC members announcing his decision to stand for election as head of the International Olympic Committee.

"My 40 years of service to the Olympic movement have provided me with a comprehensive understanding of our organisation as well as its role and significance in the wider world," Oswald said.

"This knowledge and experience ... will enable me to advance the Olympic cause and enhance the IOC's authority as the leader of world sport."

Oswald joins a field that includes IOC vice presidents Thomas Bach of Germany and Ng Ser Miang of Singapore, Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico and C.K. Wu of Taiwan. Former pole vaulter Sergei Bubka of Ukraine is expected to announce his bid next week.

Rogge is stepping down in September after 12 years as president. The election will be held on September 10 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Oswald did not release his campaign platform, telling member he will present his "vision and philosophy" in coming weeks.

Oswald's candidacy is seen as direct competition to Bach for European support. Bach, a lawyer and former Olympic fencer, has been considered a front-runner and was the first to declare his candidacy two weeks ago.

He was followed a week later by Ng. Carrion, chairman of the IOC finance commission, and Wu, president of the international amateur boxing association, launched their bids earlier this week.

Stephen Wilson
AP

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