International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach has been re-elected for a second term after an unopposed election.
The German was first elected in 2013, succeeding Jacques Rogge as IOC president and has now secured his second term in the position amidst an important era for the Games, where he will be looking ahead to this summer's edition in Tokyo, which was postponed from last year due to the coronavirus pandemic and reformations to host city selections and the introduction of new sports.
Confirmation of Bach's re-election came at the 137th IOC Session, held virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Bach will be tasked with holding a safe edition of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, both for the athletes and residents of Tokyo, with decisions yet to formally have been made regarding international and domestic spectators.
Bach stated to delegates: “Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this overwhelming vote of confidence and trust.
“For me this is even more overwhelming considering the many reforms and difficult decisions we have had to take and which affected all of us.
“This touches me deeply, it also makes me humble. When you elected me for the first time in 2013 I said that I wanted to lead the IOC according to my campaign motto ‘Unity In Diversity’ and be a president for all of you and all our stakeholders. This commitment is also true for my second, and last, term.
“My door, my ears and my heart remain open for each and every one of you and I hope I can count on your continued dedication, support and friendship in these four years.”
Author: Jake Wilkin