BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Thomas Bach has been elected president of the International Olympic Committee.
Bach, a 59-year-old German lawyer, succeeds Jacques Rogge, the Belgian who is stepping down after 12 years as head of the Olympic body.
Bach, the long-time favorite, defeated five rival candidates in Tuesday's secret balloting. He secured a winning majority in the second round.
A former Olympic fencing gold medalist, Bach becomes the ninth president in the 119-year history of the IOC. He is the eighth European to hold the presidency.