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Thomas Bach Says He Will Stand for Second Term as International Olympic Committee Chief

IOC president Thomas Bach (Photo Credit: Reuters)

IOC president Thomas Bach (Photo Credit: Reuters)

IOC President Thomas Bach said he was ready to run for a second term at next year's election.

Thomas Bach said Friday he will stand in 2021 for a second term as president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The 66-year-old German was elected for an eight-year term as Olympic chief in September 2013. Thomas Bach is eligible for one further term of four years after that.

“If you the IOC members want, I am ready to run for a second term as IOC president and to continue to serve you and this Olympic movement, which we all love so much, for another four years,” he told an IOC session held by video conference.

Speaking at the 136th IOC Session, held virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic, Bach said: "If you, the IOC members, want, I am ready to run for a second term as IOC president and to continue to serve you and this Olympic movement we all love so much for another four years."

The IOC presidential elections are slated to take place in Athens in June 2021.

Bach, who won gold for West Germany in the foil fencing team event at the 1976 Olympics, claimed a large number of IOC members had recently approached him asking if he would seek re-election.

"I am grateful and deeply touched by the many words of encouragement and confidence," Bach said.

(With inputs from Agencies)