German Bach to run for a second term without facing the "International Olympic"

German Thomas Bach will be a clear path to a second term at the helm of the International Olympic Committee, after his candidacy on his own, according to what the committee announced today after the candidacy door closed.

It is expected that the general assembly scheduled in Athens between 10 and 12 March next will ratify a four-year mandate for the lawyer and former Olympic champion of 66 years who took office in 2013.

This will be the second and last term for Bach, according to the laws of the International Olympic Committee, as he was elected for eight years by 104 members of the organization, by secret ballot, and can only be reelected once for a term reduced to four years.

Bach is sometimes subjected to internal criticism over his administration, which is considered authoritarian, but he has not faced any public opposition since 2013, with the exception of Dick Pound, a veteran Canadian lawyer on the committee since 1978.

The conclusion of Bach's last term was a cause for concern due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, which prompted the International Olympic Committee to postpone its major events, most notably the Olympic Games, at the end of last March, for the first time in times of peace.

The Tokyo Olympics had been scheduled for the summer of 2020, symbolizing the country's reconstruction following the 2011 tsunami, but it was postponed until the summer of 2021 amid financial and health organizational difficulties.

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