BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - SEPTEMBER 10: IOC Executive Committee Member Thomas Bach looks on during the 125th IOC Session - IOC Presidential Election at the Hilton Hotel on on September 10, 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - Thomas Bach has been elected president of the International Olympic Committee.
Bach, a 59-year-old German lawyer, succeeds Jacques Rogge, the Belgian who is stepping down after 12 years as head of the Olympic body.
Bach, the long-time favorite, defeated five rival candidates in Tuesday's secret balloting. He secured a winning majority in the second round.
A former Olympic fencing gold medalist, Bach becomes the ninth president in the 119-year history of the IOC. He is the eighth European to hold the presidency.
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