Thomas Bach confirms IOC re-election bid

20 Jul 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

IOC President Thomas Bach has confirmed that he will seek re-election in 2021.

Speaking at the IOC’s first virtual Session, which also saw two new Vice-Presidents elected, Bach confirmed that he will for a second four-year term.

He said: "If you, the IOC members want, I am ready to run for a second term as IOC President, and to continue to serve you and this Olympic Movement which we all love so much." 

The Session saw Australian John D. Coates and Singaporean Ser Miang Ng as Vice-Presidents.

Meanwhile, Bach has also confirmed that venues for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - which will now take place in the summer of 2021 - have been secured, and that the IOC will also discuss changes to the Olympic Charter’s Rule 50.

The regulation attempts to separate political or religious gestures or protests from the Games, and has been criticised by athletes, who fear punishment for showing support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

“Solidarity and non-discrimination are in our DNA,” he said. “Therefore we appreciate all the athletes, and anybody, who supports these values by expressing themselves or who are helping others by engaging in their communities.”

“In this context, we have to make some remarks with regard to the discussion about Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter.”