According to Stephen Wilson of the Associated Press in a report on Monday, Canadian International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound believes that German Thomas Bach will be the next president of the International Olympic Committee.
Pound has some serious weight in IOC circles as he is the committee's former vice-president and the former president of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Bach is the president of the German National Olympic Committee, vice-president of the International Olympic Committee and president of the arbitration appeals division in the Court of Arbitration of Sport. Like current International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge, Bach also competed at the Olympic games. He won a gold medal in the team foil fencing competition at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.
The next IOC president will be announced on September 10 at the IOC meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Other candidates are Olympic pole vault champion Sergey Bubka of the Ukraine, IOC vice-president Ng Ser Miang of Singapore, finance chairman Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico, execurive board member C.K. Wu of Taiwan, and executive board member Denis Oswald of Switzerland.
The IOC is having to make a presidential change because Rogge is coming to the end of his 12 year term. Limitations on the length of time presidents could serve were enforced following the Salt Lake City scandal where several IOC members were expelled for receiving bribes in deciding the host city of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. The United States has not hosted the Olympic Games since.
The IOC is also voting this weekend on the host site of the 2020 Olympic Games and the inclusion of one more sport. Tokyo, Japan is currently favoured over Istanbul, Turkey and Madrid, Spain, while wrestling is favoured over baseball/softball and squash.