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Taiwan's Wu confirms he'll run for IOC presidency

Taiwan's Wu confirms he'll run for IOC presidency

World amateur boxing association chief C. K. Wu of Taiwan has confirmed his intention to run for president of the International Olympic Committee.
Wu told a packed news conference in Taipei on Thursday that he is declaring his candidacy to succeed Jacques Rogge to "positively impact society."
"The thought and concept to develop the IOC and Olympic movement ... is the core principle of my candidature," he said. "The IOC and the Olympic Games have more power to positively impact society than any other organization and project in the world."
Rogge steps down in September after 12 years at the IOC helm.
Wu, a 66-year-old architect, joins IOC vice-presidents Thomas Bach of Germany and Ng Ser Miang of Singapore, and Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico as declared candidates in the race to replace Rogge.
Sergei Bubka of Ukraine is also expected to declare as a candidate.
Wu, an IOC member since 1988, has been president of the International Amateur Boxing Association since 2006.
He was elected to the IOC's policy-making executive board last year and was a member of the IOC coordination commissions for the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, and 2008 Beijing Olympics. He currently sits on the coordination panel for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Wu notified Rogge last Friday that he will be a candidate to succeed him as head of the IOC, The Associated Press reported last week.
Last month, Wu played host to numerous IOC members in Tianjin, China, for the opening of a museum he designed to honor the late IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch.
Earlier this week, AIBA's executive committee recommended that Wu run for IOC president.
The IOC election will be held on Sept. 10 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Wu's native Taiwan competes in the Olympics under the name Chinese Taipei, to distinguish it from mainland China, now a mainstay of the Olympic movement. Taiwan and China split amid civil war in 1949, and while both participated in the 1952 Summer Games in Helsinki, Finland, China subsequently withdrew to protest Taiwan's inclusion in the Olympics.
China returned to the Winter Games in 1980 and the Summer Games four years later after the IOC formally adopted the Chinese Taipei moniker to describe Taiwan.


Updated : 2021-05-10 13:05 GMT+08:00