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ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti on the election of Thomas Bach as President of the IOC





“On behalf of the International Tennis Federation, I want to congratulate Thomas Bach of Germany on his election as the ninth President of the International Olympic Committee. A gold medal winning fencer at the 1976 Olympics, Thomas has wide ranging experience in the Olympic movement as President of the German Olympic Committee, Vice President and member of the Executive Board of the IOC, and President of the Arbitration and Appeals Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He will have the full confidence of all of the components that make up the Olympic Movement, including but not limited to International Federations, National Olympic Committees, Athletes and Organising Committees, and this will be important as the IOC faces challenging times. The ITF looks forward to working with Thomas and to giving him our support as we approach Rio 2016 and, now, Tokyo 2020.

“We have been fortunate for the last eight years to work closely with the outgoing IOC President Jacques Rogge and we wish him only the best for his retirement. Like his predecessor, Juan Antonio Samaranch, Jacques has been a friend to tennis and we have appreciated all the help and counsel he has given us over the years to help us grow our sport in the Olympic Games. During his Presidency, one of his great achievements was to pioneer the fight for integrity in sport. His great legacy will include the forming of the Youth Olympic Games which proved to be hugely successful, even in its first outing. We join the rest of the Olympic Movement in thanking Jacques Rogge for his excellent stewardship as IOC President and we certainly will miss him.”