Bach received 49 votes on Tuesday to defeat Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico by 20 votes at the 125th International Olympic Committee Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Bach takes over from Jacques Rogge of Belgium, who has been the IOC President for the last 12 years.
COC President Marcel Aubut released the folllowing statement:
“The many years Thomas Bach has devoted to leadership and advocacy for sport have now culminated in his election as the head of the world’s most prestigious sport body. On behalf of the entire Canadian Olympic family, congratulations to Mr. Bach on this enormous achievement. Canada looks forward to continuing our strong relationship with the IOC under his leadership and we wish him all the best as he continues to lead the progress of Olympism around the world. We also offer our heartfelt thanks to former President Jacques Rogge for his exceptional contribution to sport, and the lasting legacy of excellence that he leaves on the global sport community.”
It will be interesting to see if Bach's dream of an Olympic channel will materialize. In June, according to Stephen Wilson, he stated he plans to push for a year round Olympic channel if elected as president. A year round Olympic channel would give Olympic status sports significant more media attention year round, especially at the world championship level. The Canadian sports networks do an excellent job at covering professional sports, but get a below average grade, possibly even a failing grade in covering amateur sports outside the Olympic Games.