Candidates Press Their Case for IOC Presidency

Created: 2013-07-05 19:30 EST

Category: World > Europe

Candidates for the International Olympic Committee Presidency presented their manifestos to fellow IOC members at a meeting in Switzerland on Thursday.

At the end of the extraordinary IOC session in Lausanne, the six men who want to replace current president Jacques Rogge took the stage to argue their case for election.

President of the International Amateur Boxing Association and an IOC member since 1988, Wu Ching-kuo, says he’s the best man for the job.

[Wu Ching-kuo, Candidate for IOC Presidency]:

"Well, I've been serving on the IOC for 25 years and working on nine different commissions. I'm the President of the International Boxing Association. I am in 24 years involved in the Culture, Education Commission. And I built the three Olympics museums. So all of this and many of the colleagues said: ‘You are the best qualified, you should consider it."

Puerto Rican banker and businessman Richard L. Carrión has been a member of the IOC since 1990 and is the only candidate who has not competed at an Olympic Games.

[Richard L. Carrión, Candidate for IOC Presidency]:

"It's something that has been in my heart for a long time, because, I believe in this movement. This movement is based on values and very close to my heart, based on values that can really change the world.”

At 49, pole vault world record holder Sergei Bubka, is the youngest of the candidates.

[Sergei Bubka, Candidate for IOC Presidency]:

"I'm very happy. It's like in sport. I always, in sport, waited long time and after, it come and it starts to compete. So that is draw, I'm happy that I was last.”

A Singaporean sports leader, diplomat and businessman, Ng Ser Miang, has been a member of the IOC since 1998 and vice president since 2009.

[Ng Ser Miang, Candidate for IOC Presidency]:

"It's expressing to members, challenges of the future and some basic things I would like to do to continue protecting our independence.”

Former German Olympic fencer Thomas Bach is currently Vice President and executive board member of the IOC and President of the Appeals Chamber of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

[Thomas Bach, Candidate for IOC Presidency]:

"The theme of my program is called ‘united in diversity’ and I think that we need to create more diversity in the Olympic world with members' contribution if they can make decisions. I want more debate, more discussion in the commission, more discussion in the IOC executive committee.”

Denis Oswald, a former Olympic rower for Switzerland, is also President of the International Federation of Rowing and a member of the IOC since 1991.

[Denis Oswald, Candidate for IOC Presidency]: 

"This is a two month long sprint. Yes, this is the last phase, and I will have to convince my colleagues because at the end, all of them have a voice. I have to convince them that I could be the right choice." 

The new IOC President will be elected during the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires on September 10th.