The scene Sunday at the IOC "summit" // photo courtesy of IOC/Richard Juillart

The scene Sunday at the IOC "summit" // photo courtesy of IOC/Richard Juillart

IOC

A stealth Olympic summit

The International Olympic Committee held something of a stealth meeting of key power-brokers Sunday at its lakefront headquarters in  Lausanne, Switzerland, a move that illuminates the who’s who and what’s what behind the developing agenda of the recently elected president, Germany’s Thomas Bach.

Bach convened the meeting, not widely publicized beforehand and in an IOC release termed an “Olympic Summit,” to address “the main topics of interest and concern” confronting the movement.

125th IOC Session - IOC Presidential Election

IOC

Bach wins the presidency

BUENOS AIRES — Thomas Bach of Germany was elected president of the International Olympic Committee Tuesday, replacing Jacques Rogge of Belgium.

Bach is a gold medal-winning fencer at the 1976 Montreal Games who went on to become a lawyer. He was made an IOC member in 1991 and has served in virtually every position but president. Over the years, he has made no secret of his ambition for the top job.

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IOC

The vision thing

BUENOS AIRES — The intrigue, the mystery, the drama of the history-making 125th International Olympic Committee session got underway Wednesday, and though there are three essential decisions to be taken here — the 2020 Summer Games site, wrestling’s all-but-inevitable reinstatement and the election of the new president — there is one that overrides everything.

It’s that last one, the selection of the new president. Jacques Rogge’s 12 years as president are all but done. The IOC is about to turn to a new era.