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Japan's Takeda is new IOC marketing chief

BERLIN (Reuters) - Japan's Olympic supremo Tsunekazu Takeda has been appointed the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) new marketing chief in succession to Gerhard Heiberg, the organization said on Tuesday. Takeda, a former Olympian in the sport of equestrianism who is also a member of the Tokyo 2020 Games organizing committee, will oversee the IOC's multi-million dollar sponsorship program. He will also monitor the domestic sponsorship program of the host cities.

IOC boss to break with tradition in Games closing ceremony

By Karolos Grohmann SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - There will be no single snappy phrase to describe the Sochi Olympics at the closing ceremony on Sunday, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said, breaking with the organization's tradition of decades. Predecessors Juan Antonio Samaranch and Jacques Rogge used one or two adjectives to describe or rank the Olympics with spectators and television viewers always eagerly awaiting the verdict in their closing speeches.

Stop using Games for cheap political gain: IOC chief

By Karolos Grohmann SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - The Sochi Winter Olympics are a purely sporting event which should not be used by uninvited guests to score political points, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said on Tuesday. In a clear reference to world leaders who publicly refused to attend the first Winter Games in Russia, Bach said in an address in the host Russian city that some of them had not even been invited.

Bach receives symbolic golden key at the inauguration of newly renovated Olympic Museum

LAUSANNE, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- The newly renovated Olympic Museum was officially inaugurated on Tuesday night with a special and symbolic ceremony involving the current and former chiefs of International Olympic Games (IOC). During the handover ceremony, Thomas Bach, who was elected as the ninth president of IOC in September and took office since then, officially received the golden key to IOC from his predecessor, former IOC president Jacques Rogge. Bach expressed the salute to the symbolic act of handing over the key, which became a traditional part of IOC history.

Olympics: I never felt alone, says retiring Rogge

Jacques Rogge gave his farewell address after 12 years as president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday, saying that while some in power experienced solitude, he never had. The 71-year-old Belgian -- elected in Moscow in 2001 to succeed Juan Antonio Samaranch -- gave a short but moving address to the 100 IOC members assembled for the Session. "You my dear colleagues have always supported me," he said. "You gave me help, guidance and friendship. "Power often brings solitude, I never felt that."

Olympics: IOC members select Rogge's successor

The International Olympic Committee members elected the successor to Jacques Rogge as International Olympic Committee (IOC) president in Buenos Aires on Tuesday after just two rounds of voting. There were six candidates -- all male -- bidding to succeed 71-year-old Rogge, who is stepping down after 12 years in charge, for an initial eight year term. The six candidates were German Thomas Bach the favourite, Singapore's Ng Ser Miang, Wu Ching-Kuo of Taiwan. Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico, Ukrainian athletics legend Sergey Bubka and Swiss Denis Oswald.

Olympics: Vote for Rogge's successor underway

The vote to elect the successor to Jacques Rogge as International Olympic Committee (IOC) president got underway in Buenos Aires on Tuesday. There are six candidates -- all male -- bidding to succeed 71-year-old Rogge, who is stepping down after 12 years in charge, for an initial eight year term. There were six candidates German Thomas Bach the favourite, Singapore's Ng Ser Miang, Wu Ching-Kuo of Taiwan. Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico, UKrainian athletics legend Sergey Bubka and Swiss Denis Oswald.

Olympics: Vote for Rogge's successor underway

The vote to elect the successor to Jacques Rogge as International Olympic Committee (IOC) president got underway in Buenos Aires on Tuesday. There are six candidates -- all male -- bidding to succeed 71-year-old Rogge, who is stepping down after 12 years in charge, for an initial eight year term. German Thomas Bach is the favourite to succeed him, while the others are Singapore's Ng Ser Miang, Wu Ching-Kuo of Taiwan. Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico, Ukrainian athletics legend Sergey Bubka and Swiss Denis Oswald.

Factbox: International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Factbox on Thomas Bach, who was elected on Tuesday as the ninth president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Born in Germany on December 29, 1953. Played soccer and tennis and was a champion fencer, winning numerous national and international titles. In 1976, he won a gold medal in the team foil at the Montreal Olympics. A year later, he was a member of the German team who won the world championship in Buenos Aires.

Olympics: Bach overwhelmed as he is elected IOC president

Thomas Bach achieved a long-held dream on Tuesday as he was elected to the most powerful position in sport, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), in Buenos Aires. The 59-year-old German -- the first Olympic gold medallist to become president -- won in the second round of voting by his fellow IOC members to beat his five male rivals bidding to succeed Jacques Rogge, who stepped down after 12 years in charge.
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