Thomas Bach

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Thomas Bach fencing

nation Germany Federal RepublicFederal Republic of Germany BR Germany
birthday December 29, 1953
place of birth WürzburgFR GermanyGermany Federal RepublicFederal Republic of Germany 
size 171 cm
Weight 65 kg
job jurist
discipline foil
society Fencing Club Tauberbischofsheim
Trainer Emil Beck
status resigned
End of career 1979
Medal table
Olympic games 1 × gold 0 × silver 0 × bronze
World championships 2 × gold 0 × silver 1 × bronze
German championships 6 × gold 1 × silver 1 × bronze

Thomas Bach (born December 29, 1953 in Würzburg ) is a German lawyer and sports official . He has been President of the International Olympic Committee since 2013 . The former fencer was Olympic champion with the team in 1976 .


education and profession

Sign on Thomas Bach's house from 1953–1977 on Tauberbischofsheimer Sonnenplatz

Thomas Bach was born in Würzburg in 1953 and grew up in Tauberbischofsheim , where he lived with his parents on Sonnenplatz until 1977. After graduating from the Matthias Grünewald High School in Tauberbischofsheim in 1972 , Thomas Bach studied law and political science at the Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg from 1973 to 1979 and completed his studies with the first state examination in law. After his clerkship , including the German Bundestag , put Bach in 1982, the second state exam and in 1983 with the work the influence of predictions on the jurisprudence of the Federal Constitutional Court for Doctor juris utriusque doctorate . He then opened his own law firm in Tauberbischofsheim .

In 1985 Horst Dassler brought him to Adidas AG , where he became Director of International Relations. From 1988 to 1990 he coordinated the medium-sized advisory group of the Federal Minister of Economics , from 1995 he was an advisor to Philipp Holzmann AG and in 1998 he was appointed chairman of the supervisory board of Michael Weinig AG in Tauberbischofsheim. Between 2000 and 2008, Bach was a consultant to Siemens AG and from 2000 to 2009 a member of the board of directors of Siemens Schweiz AG. Bach was recommended to the Siemens board by Wilhelm Schelsky because of his government contacts. From 2005 to 2009 he was a consultant for MAN Ferrostaal GmbH , from 2008 to 2013 chairman of the advisory board of Melius GmbH, which as a subsidiary of the investment company Kuwaiti German Holding Company oversees its activities in Germany, and from 2009 to 2013 a member of the supervisory board of Nürnberger Versicherung AG Austria and the advisory board of Bartec GmbH .

In May 2006, Bach was elected President of the Ghorfa Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry . He gave up this office after his election as IOC President.

In addition to German , Bach speaks Spanish , French and English .

Athletic career

In the 1970s, Bach was active as a foil fencer for the Tauberbischofsheim fencing club . In 1971 he won the bronze medal of the Junior World Championships, two years later he was team vice world champion. At the 1976 Summer Olympics , Bach and his team became Olympic champion and thus world champion at the same time. At the fencing world championships in 1977 he won the world championship again with the team. In 1978, Bach became the German individual foil champion and won the European Cup for team foil. In 1979 he won again with the team a bronze medal at the World Cup in Melbourne .

Sports official

Thomas Bach dressing the 2012 Olympic team for London

Bach was involved in sports politics from an early age. From 1975 to 1979 he was the active spokesman for the German Fencing Association (DFB). In 1981 he was appointed as a member of the new Athletes' Commission of the International Olympic Committee and in 1982 as a member of the National Olympic Committee for Germany .

After his appointment to the International Olympic Committee in 1991, Bach left the NOK. In 1995 he was appointed Chairman of the Appeals Chamber of the International Court of Sports . In 1996 he was elected to the IOC Executive Committee. He was chairman of the evaluation committee when the 2002 Winter Olympics were awarded to Salt Lake City and the 2004 Summer Olympics were awarded to Athens . On the occasion of the 111th meeting of the International Olympic Committee on the sidelines of the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney , Bach was elected as the third German to be the honorary vice-president of the IOC. In accordance with the schedule, he stepped down from this office in August 2004. He was re-elected to this office on the sidelines of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. He was thus considered a promising candidate to succeed the then IOC President Jacques Rogge .

After the union of DSB and NOK , Bach was elected honorary president of the newly founded German Olympic Sports Confederation in May 2006 . After his election as IOC President, he resigned from this office on September 16, 2013.

In his various offices, Thomas Bach headed several IOC commissions, was a member of the supervisory board of the organizing committee for the 2006 soccer world championship and a member of the board of trustees of the organizing committee for the 2011 women's soccer world championship .

On September 10, 2013, he was elected 9th IOC President at the 125th IOC session in Buenos Aires . Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah is considered to be an important supporter of his candidacy . Its public support led to an investigation by the ethics committee shortly before the election.

Political commitment

Bach is a member of the FDP . From 1991 to 1995 he was a member of the board of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation as treasurer and then a member of its board of trustees until 2013. At the suggestion of the FDP / DVP parliamentary group in the Baden-Württemberg state parliament , Bach was a member of the 14th Federal Assembly .


Thomas Bach came under fire in April 2008 when it became known that he had had a consulting contract with Siemens since the turn of the millennium , which in 2008 was remunerated with 400,000 euros and provided additional expenses of 5,000 euros per day. Bach is said to have organized invitations from the Arab region for the Siemens group. Siemens supervisory boards criticized that with such high fees an additional daily payment was "absolutely unusual". In addition, a possible conflict of interest, because Siemens benefits from jobs related to sports, and the overlapping of his professional activity with his activity as a sports official was criticized.

In his role as Vice President of the International Olympic Committee on June 14, 2008, the journalists' association Netzwerk Recherche awarded him the negative price for the closed oyster for the committee's particularly restrictive information policy. This has tolerated "corruption and conflicts of interest in the allocation of games for many years" and with its "information policy the opposite of 'fair play'", so the reason.

According to the Stasi documents from IM Möwe, which are assigned to the GDR sports functionary Karl-Heinz Wehr, Bach was present in 1986 at discussions about the manipulation of the election of Anwar Chowdhry as AIBA president.

Bach was criticized for his work as president of the Ghorfa . The Ghorfa legalizes trade documents from companies that want to export to Arab countries. It is certified that the products contain no parts from Israel . The practice was introduced in the 1970s as part of the Arab League's boycott of Israel.

In 2016, Bach was heavily criticized in the context of the Russian state doping affair . He was accused of being a sympathizer of Russian President Vladimir Putin , with whom he is personally close friends, and therefore, for personal reasons, not consistently against what is covered by the Russian secret services and authorities and the Russian anti-doping agency within the framework of the IOC RUSADA to have proceeded mass state doping of Russian top athletes.

Bach has had a diplomatic passport from the Federal Republic of Germany since July 1994 . He received this in order to pursue “a special German interest” at the IOC, although this is forbidden to an IOC member in the IOC's own statutes. The pass has been extended several times since then. The Foreign Office was unable to justify this in retrospect.

In the corruption investigation against sports official Patrick Hickey , Bach refused to give evidence to the Brazilian police and he did not appear at the 2016 Paralympics .

In 2020, his statement, "It is clear that those athletes who have qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will still qualify," was criticized on Twitter . With the decision, Bach created "a grotesque situation that doesn't really have much to do with sporting fairness," wrote Peter Trebing, as it would put competitors at a disadvantage who may be significantly better than the already qualified athletes in 2021.



Bach was an Olympic torchbearer four times. After carrying the fire in 2004 in Berlin, 2008 in Beijing and 2010 in Vancouver, 2012 was his fourth assignment as an Olympic torchbearer in London. In addition, he was involved in the worldwide torch relay in Berlin for the first Summer Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010 .


Hajo Seppelt & Robert Kempe: Thomas Bach - The new Lord of the Rings? , "Sport inside" and "Die story" (with the support of the investigative department of WDR )

Web links

Commons : Thomas Bach  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

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  2. Personnel consequences and connections at Holzmann. In: Der Spiegel (preliminary version from issue 50/1999). December 11, 1999, accessed December 20, 2014 .
  3. ^ Hans Leyendecker , Klaus Ott : Siemens and Bach separate. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung . June 27, 2008, accessed October 10, 2012 .
  4. Caring siege . In: Der Spiegel . No. 17 , 2008 ( online ).
  5. Thomas Bach had another consultant contract. In: Spiegel Online . April 7, 2017. Retrieved June 9, 2017 .
  6. Vita Thomas Bach. ( Memento from February 10, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  7. New IOC President Bach resigns from previous positions. In: Spiegel Online . September 16, 2013, accessed December 20, 2014 .
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  12. Thomas Bach resigned as DOSB President - Hans-Peter Krämer takes over official duties until new elections ( Memento from March 4, 2016 in the Internet Archive )
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  16. ^ IOC Vice Bach and CDU MP Adam in need of explanation. In: Spiegel Online . September 20, 2008, accessed October 13, 2012 .
  17. Achim Tack: IOC Vice Bach under even more pressure. In: Spiegel Online . October 4, 2008, accessed October 13, 2012 .
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