Matchfixing on Thomas Bach's agenda

Sep 12, 2013, 02:59 IST | AFP

When newly-elected International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach moves into his office in Lausanne on Tuesday he will be looking to build on predecessor Jacques Rogge's considerable legacy and also keen to set his own agenda.

The 59-year-old German — who won an overwhelming victory seeing off his five rivals to win in the second round of voting — will have the Sochi Winter Olympics, which open in February, to focus his mind immediately.

Thomas Bach
Thomas Bach. Pic/AFP

However, in his post victory press conference the affable lawyer — the first Olympic gold medallist to be elected to the most powerful job in sport — pinpointed matchfixing and engaging the young to practise more sport as two of the problems he will seek to tackle in his eight year term.

Bach, who won team foil gold in fencing in the 1976 Olympics, said that while the battles against matchfixing and doping shared some characteristics the latter was easier to detect. 

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