Lausanne: Thomas Bach will stand unanimously to serve as the International Olympic Committee president for a second time, the body said Tuesday.
Bach, a 66-year-old lawyer from Germany, is set to confirm his second and final four-year term at the IOC session in Athens in March.
Bech was initially elected Olympic chief for a eight-year term in September 2013, succeeded by Jacques Rogge of Belgium. If re-elected, Bach’s term ends in 2025, one year after the Paris Olympics.
The next term of the IOC president position will begin after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which will now take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021, postponed due to a coronavirus epidemic.
Bach won West Germany gold in the foil fencing team competition at the 1976 Olympics, was elected IOC member at age 37 and played a series of influential roles within the organization, most notably as the IOC’s Athletes Commission, before being elected its ninth president.
During his tenure as head of the IOC, Bach has faced a number of political challenges, most notably overseeing the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and the 2016 Rio Summer Games, both of which have been deemed the most troublesome in recent years.
He is a key player in the ongoing Russian doping adventure, though the IOC has been criticized by some quarters for not providing Moscow with a blanket ban on its state-sponsored doping system.
Bach set fire to the re-establishment of the Russian National Olympic Committee after the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics despite failing drug tests.
However, the implementation of the Olympic Agenda 2020 includes reforms aimed at cutting costs and streamlining bidding processes to better attract potential host cities.
However, during the IOC batch tenure, Kovid-19 faces its biggest challenge in the form of the epidemic, with Beijing hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics just six months after the resumption of the Tokyo Games.


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