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Bio of IOC President Thomas Bach

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP)

Thomas Bach was elected president of the International Olympic Committee, succeeding Jacques Rogge.

AGE - 59.

DATE OF BIRTH - Dec. 29, 1953.

BORN - Wurzburg, Germany.

OCCUPATION - Lawyer.

OLYMPIC PARTICIPATION -Team fencing (foil) gold medal at 1976 Montreal Games.

SPORTS PRACTICED - Fencing, tennis, soccer.

YEAR JOINED IOC - 1991.

IOC RESPONSIBILITY - Member of executive board 1996-2004; vice president 2000-04; vice president since 2006; chairman of evaluation commissions for 2002 Winter Olympics and 2004 Summer Games; chairman of juridical and sport and law commissions; chairman of anti-doping disciplinary commissions; negotiator of European TV rights deals.

OTHER - President of German Olympic Sports Confederation since 2006.

QUOTE - ''I know of the great responsibility of an IOC president. This makes me humble. I want to lead the IOC according to my motto, `unity and diversity.' I want to be a president for all of you. This means I will do my very best to balance well all the different interests of the stakeholders of the Olympic movement.''

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