Buenos Aires, Argentina (Sports Network) - Germany's Thomas Bach has been elected as the next president of the International Olympic Committee.
Bach, a gold medalist in fencing at the 1976 Montreal Games, was among six candidates to replace outgoing president Jacques Rogge. The other five were Sergei Bubka of the Ukraine, Ser Miang Ng of Singapore, Ching-Kuo Wu of Taiwan, Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico and Denis Oswald of Switzerland.
The first ballot did not produce a majority among the six, but Wu received the fewest votes in a run-off with Miang, after the two had tied in the initial vote, and was eliminated from the process.
Bach was chosen on the second ballot, receiving 49 of a possible 93 votes, and will head the IOC for the next eight years. Carrion was second with 29 votes.
"I want to lead the IOC according to my motto, 'unity in diversity,'" said Bach in comments to fellow IOC members after the announcement. "You should know that my door, my ears and my heart are always open for you."
Bach has been the IOC's vice president since 2000. The 59-year-old lawyer will become the ninth president in the 119-year history of the IOC and first Olympic champion to hold the position.
Rogge had been IOC president for the past 12 years.
Nine new IOC members were also elected on Tuesday, including American Larry Probst, the chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee. He'll join Angela Ruggiero, Jim Easton and Anita DeFrantz as IOC members from the United States.
The announcement of the new members and a new president came at the conclusion of the IOC's meeting, during which Tokyo was selected as host city of the 2020 Summer Games and wrestling was voted back into the program for 2020 and 2024.
09/10 12:16:43 ET