IOC president Thomas Bach declares his interest for second term at next year's election
Bach was first elected as IOC head in 2013 for an eight-year term and is eligible for one further term of four years after that.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said on Friday he was ready to run for a second term at next year’s election.
The 66-year-old German was first elected in 2013 for an eight-year term and is eligible for one further term of four years after that.
“If you the IOC members want, I am ready to run for a second term as IOC president and to continue to serve you and this Olympic movement, which we all love so much, for another four years,” he told an IOC session held by video conference.
Bach is a former Olympic fencer who won a gold medal for West Germany in the team foil event at the 1976 Games in Montreal.
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Chopra made a promising start to his Olympic preparations with a decent 83.18m which he achieved in his sixth and final throw in the Lisbon event on Thursday. It was his first competition in more than a year.
While veteran Daniel Alves did make the Brazil squad announced on Thursday, Neymar's PSG teammate Marquinhos, who also landed a gold medal in Rio five years ago, is another name excluded.
Ahead of IOC vice-president John Coates' arrival, several dozen people protested against the Games in Tokyo, though recent opinion polls suggest public opposition may be weakening.