Today, during the 125 Session of the International Olympic Committee in Buenos Aires (Argentina) Thomas Bach was elected as the new IOC President.
Sergey Bubka who was a candidate for IOC Presidency commented just after elections: "I would like to send my sincerest congratulations to Bach after his victory today. This is a huge moment for the IOC and I am confident that Bach will continue the fine work undertaken by President Samaranch and President Rogge.
"I met with President Bach in early April and we agreed then that after this election, we would all work together for the good of the Olympic Movement. We all care about the Olympic Movement and want the same things – for the Olympic Movement to continue to grow and help to spread the importance of sport around the world.
"While I am disappointed not to have been elected, my motivation to promote the Olympic Values and the importance of sport remain unwavering. I am proud of the campaign that I have run and honoured to have had the opportunity to present my ideas to the Members.
I have also been heartened by the praise I received during my campaign from the media, from the Olympic Family and other stakeholders" – he mentioned.
"As I said during my campaign, sport is my life and I remain committed to serving the world of sport and to preserve and evolve the great virtues on which Olympism stands to inspire the global population".
"I would also like to thank all the other candidates whose campaigns have certainly helped to raise and discuss important issues which are key to the future of our Movement. I am confident that President Bach will work with all of us to ensure the best ideas are taken forward to ensure that the IOC is fit for the future" – Bubka said.