BUENOS AIRES, 10. rujna 2013. - Mr. Thomas Bach, a German, former member of the German national fencing team, who won a gold medal at the Olympics in 1976 in Montreal and that same year also the World Cup, is the new president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
He won the elections in competition with Puerto Rican Richard Carrion, Sergey Bubka (Ukraine), Ser Miang Ng (Singapore), Ching- Kuo Wu (Chinese Taipei) and Denis Oswald (Switzerland) at 125th IOC Session held on September 10th in Buenos Aires. In the long history of this supreme institution of world’s Sports and Olympic Movement Bach, who was the Vice President of the IOC since 2012 and member of numerous committees, is the ninth president of the IOC, inheriting thus the position of the Belgian Jacques Rogge who has led the IOC since 2001.
The heads of the Croatian Olympic Committee (COC), President and General Secretary Mr. Zlatko Matesa and Mr. Josip Cop, congratulated the new IOC President Thomas Bach, wishing him - in the name of the Croatian Olympic family - a successful term and confirmed the true partnership of the COC. They also thanked the former president Jacques Rogge on the continuity of excellence, dedication to the Olympic Movement and the friendship that lasts from the first visit to the COC in 1993.