St Petersburg, Russia, May 28, 2012 – International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board Member Sergey Bubka has today confirmed that he is standing for the IOC Presidency.
The announcement came soon after Bubka had been re-elected onto the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) Council at the organisation's General Assembly in St Petersburg.
Bubka, who is also Vice President of the IAAF and President of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine, said: "I started my international sports life here in St Petersburg, when I qualified for the Helsinki World Championships in 1983 and so it is apt that it is here I wish to announce my candidacy for the Presidency of the IOC.
"I deeply believe in our Movement's values and power to improve lives around the globe. The responsibility that comes with being IOC President requires vision, passion and experience, qualities that I believe I will bring to the most prestigious role in sport."
Bubka spoke with IOC President Jacques Rogge on Monday (May 27) and informed his IOC Member colleagues today of his intention to stand for election.
He added: "It is a tremendous honor to serve the Olympic Movement alongside so many dedicated and distinguished colleagues in the Olympic Family.
"As an athlete I was fortunate to have the right team around me, as coaches, as advisors, as friends. And this is my principle of life: even as an athlete doing an individual sport, you cannot succeed alone. Only together, we are strong. Only together, we will be able to address the challenges that lie ahead of us.
"I believe that Membership of the IOC brings with it obligations: to serve the world of sport; to preserve and evolve the great virtues on which Olympism stands; to listen and learn; and to react to the changing times to ensure that the Olympic values continue to reach and inspire a global population.
"Wherever I go, I explain to young people what an important role sport has to play in each and every community. It is a common language that breaks down barriers and fosters respect, but a language that is becoming more and more complex to communicate.
"We must continue to engage young people in sport as they become distracted by a more inactive lifestyle. We must inspire the youth of today and tomorrow to take up sport and uphold its ideals; to create exciting and memorable moments in sport; and to promote the ideals of Olympism in every corner of the world.
"We must use sport as a tool to educate this generation and those to come; we must find new ways to overcome those who cheat through doping or match-fixing; we must contribute to a sustainable environment; and we must spread the message of the Olympic Movement and use its influence on a global political scale as a force for good."
Bubka has a wide range of experience having been an IOC Member since 1999. Other positions, he has held include as a Member of the IOC Executive Board (2000-2008) on which he is currently serving his third term (since 2012); he was Chairman of the Evaluation and Coordination Commission of the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore 2010; he is an Honorary Member of the Athletes' Commission after also being Chairman for six years; he is Chairman of the Entourage Commission; and Member of the Coordination Commission for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 as well as holding the role of IAAF Council Member since 2001 and NOC of Ukraine President since 2005.
He has held a number of other roles including being director of a sports club that provides opportunities for young people; as a businessman; and as a UNESCO Ambassador.
Bubka broke the world pole vault record 35 times and won the indoor and outdoor world championships 10 times as well as Olympic gold.
The IOC Presidential election will be held on September 10 during the 125th IOC Session in in Buenos Aires, Argentina.