Thomas Bach
  • New IOC President Thomas Bach will hold a four-day retreat of his policy-making body next month to discuss the future of the Olympics.

    South Korean President Park Geun-hye, left, shakes hands with new International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach during their meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.
    LAST UPDATE : Nov 21, 2013, 11:48 AM EST
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  • In this image taken Monday Oct. 28, 2013 Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, left, exit a commuter train at the newly built Adler railway station at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia. Russian Railways is building the most expensive piece of Sochi infrastructure, a 48-kilometer (30-mile) highway and railroad link between the airport and the Alpine venues that has already cost the government 270 billion rubles ($8.5 billion).

    IOC President Thomas Bach is confident that all athletes and visitors at the Winter Olympics in Sochi will be treated equally regardless of "race, gender or sexual orientation."

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 30, 2013, 5:33 PM EDT
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  • Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach meet at the Bocharov Ruchei residence at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. Making his first trip to Sochi since being elected head of the IOC last month, Bach met Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin to inspect the host city. Bach told Putin he was deeply impressed with the amount of work Russia has done for the Feb. 7-23 games.

    President Vladimir Putin promised Monday that gay athletes and guests at the Winter Olympics in Sochi will feel at ease.

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 29, 2013, 10:40 AM EDT
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  • In this May 24, 2012 file photo, United States Olympic Committee chairman Larry Probst, left, and Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge shake hands after signing an agreement between the IOC and the USOC at the SportAccord conference in Quebec City. Probst has been elected to the IOC, a big boost for the U.S. to regain influence on the Olympic stage. Probst made it onto the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, with 71 votes in favor and 20 against.

    The newest American member of the IOC believes there are only a few U.S. cities that could realistically contend for the 2024 Olympics.

    LAST UPDATE : Sep 11, 2013, 10:32 AM EDT
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  • Thomas Bach, vice president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), attends a report session during the 125th IOC session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.

    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.

    LAST UPDATE : Sep 10, 2013, 12:26 PM EDT
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  • Denis Oswald, chairman of the International Olympic Committee Coordination Committee for London 2012 Games, speaking during a press conference in London, in this Friday, March, 30, 2012 file photo. Oswald declared his candidacy for IOC president Friday May 24 2013 , becoming the fifth member and second European to enter the race to succeed Jacques Rogge.

    Denis Oswald declared his candidacy for IOC president, becoming the fifth member and second European to enter the race to succeed Jacques Rogge.

     
    LAST UPDATE : May 24, 2013, 12:08 PM EDT
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