German sports body appoints Bach successor

Germany’s national sports body appointed Alfons Hoermann as

president on Saturday, filling the position vacated by Thomas Bach

when he took over as president of the International Olympic


The 53-year-old Hoermann has been head of the German skiing

federation since 2005.

He received 434 votes from 459 delegates Saturday for a one-year

term in charge of the German Olympic Sports Confederation. A vote

for another four-year term will take place in December 2014.

Bach, who led the German sports body for seven years before

leaving to take the IOC’s top job, was selected honorary


Hans-Peter Kraemer served as interim president after Bach

succeeded Jacques Rogge as IOC president in September.