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Thomas Bach is sole candidate in IOC presidential election

Thomas Bach

LAUSANNE, OLYMPIC HOUSE, SWITZERLAND - 2020/03/03: Thomas Bach President of the IOC, who chairs the press conference concerning the launch of the first collection of Mattel brands’ products to celebrate the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic house. (Photo by Eric Dubost/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The International Olympic Committee says Thomas Bach will have no opponents for his re-election as president in a vote scheduled in March.

More than 100 IOC members were told Bach is the only candidate for the presidential poll at their meeting due to be staged in Athens.

The German lawyer’s re-election seemed a formality after around 50 voting members publicly supported his candidacy in July at their annual meeting held virtually.

Bach is eligible for four more years in office after winning an eight-year term in 2013. His final term begins officially after the Tokyo Olympics close on Aug. 8.

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