German Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee confirmed at the opening of the 136th General Assembly held by default, on Friday, that he will run for a new term in 2021, after he won the position for the first time in 2013.
Bach said at the beginning of a video broadcast session, “In recent years many of you asked me about the election of the next year’s president. "I am grateful and deeply affected by the words of encouragement and trust. If you want that, you are members of the International Committee, I am ready for a new term to chair the International Olympic Committee, in order to continue to serve you and serve the Olympic Movement, which we love so much, for an additional four years."
Bach, 66, succeeded Belgium's Jacques Rogge in 2013 for an eight-year term. He will run for a second four-year term at the session scheduled for June 2021 in Athens.
Bach, crowned with the gold medal in the duel in the 1976 Montreal Olympics, claims that a large number of IOC members contacted him recently asking him about his desire to re-run.
Thomas Bach began his management career when he became a spokesman for athletes in West Germany for the 1980 Moscow Olympics, which ended in a boycott of Western countries protesting Soviet intervention in Afghanistan in December 1979.
Bach must face the mathematical implications of the emerging coronavirus pandemic "Covid 19", which led To postpone the Tokyo Olympics 2020 to the summer of 2021, especially in light of the successive crises facing the Olympics organizers due to the pandemic, and fears that it will be held next summer without a public presence.
For the first time, the General Assembly will "presumably" elect new members of the International Committee, among them the head of the British International Athletics Federation, Sebastian Coe.