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Bach elected IOC president, Putin calls

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“This is a really overwhelming sign of trust and confidence,” Bach said.

Bach was viewed as the favorite because of his resume: former Olympic athlete, long-serving member of the policymaking IOC executive board, chairman of the legal commission, head of anti-doping investigations and negotiator of European TV rights.

Bach was elected to an eight-year term. In 2021, he would be eligible to run for a second and final four-year term.

After awarding the 2020 Olympics to Tokyo and bringing wrestling back into the games, the IOC completed the last of its three critical votes — choosing the person to lead the body for the most powerful job in international sports. Bach’s supporters had hoped for a first-round win, but a second-round victory still showed that he had a big base of support.

Carrion, who chairs the IOC’s finance commission and negotiates lucrative US TV rights deals, wound up being Bach’s only serious challenger.

The votes fell off after that, with Ng of Singapore getting six, Denis Oswald of Switzerland five and Sergei Bubka of Ukraine four.

In the first round, Bach got 43 votes, followed by Carrion with 23, Bubka eight, Oswald seven and Ng and Wu six each. Ng then beat Wu 56-36 in a runoff.

Ng had been considered a strong contender, but his chances were dented after Tokyo’s win because the IOC was unlikely to give Asia two major prizes in a row.

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