IOC Presidential Vote Quote Box

Updated: September 10, 2013, 4:41 PM ET
Associated Press

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Reaction to the election of Germany's Thomas Bach as the ninth president of the International Olympic Committee.

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"The result is very clear and we have a new president and we will support the new president." -- Puerto Rican IOC member Richard Carrion, one of five candidates who challenged Bach.

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"It is what I and many of the others had anticipated. I think it was very clear. You can't argue with his experience and his leadership and his great knowledge about the Olympic movement and the world of sports and also the outside world. I think we are getting a great president." -- Monaco IOC member Prince Albert.

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"Congratulations to Thomas Bach on this well-deserved honor after his years of dedication to the Olympic Movement. We look forward to working with him for many years to come. We also congratulate and thank President Jacques Rogge for 12 years of outstanding leadership and partnership."- NBC Group Chairman Mark Lazarus.

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"I think he knows exactly this house. He knows exactly the organization. He's been a part of the movement for a long, long time -- since he was an athlete, then an IOC member."- Kuwaiti IOC member Sheik Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah.

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"He's got a very high energy level and he has clearly thought a lot about the issues. It was kind of a feeling of deja vu because I went through this 12 years ago. In the second round they said we had a winner and we knew who it was -- and I knew it wasn't me." -- Canadian IOC member Dick Pound.

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"It's a great honor for our country." -- German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle.

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"I have already spoken to President Bach to congratulate him on his victory. He ran a great campaign and is humble in triumph." -- Singaporean IOC member Ng Ser Miang, one of five candidates who challenged Bach.

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"On behalf of Olympians across the globe, I would like to offer my warmest congratulations to Thomas Bach on his election as the new IOC President." -- Joel Bouzou, president of the World Olympians Association.

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"The serious -- and preventable -- human rights violations during the 2008 Beijing Games and the ongoing abuses in Russia ahead of the 2014 Sochi Games highlight the need for an IOC leader with the vision to put human rights reforms in place -- and the will to enforce them." -- Human Rights Watch director of global initiatives Minky Worden.


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