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German sports body appoints Bach successor

December 7, 2013

WIESBADEN, Germany (AP) — Germany’s national sports body appointed Alfons Hoermann as president on Saturday, filling the position vacated by Thomas Bach when he took over as president of the International Olympic Committee.

The 53-year-old Hoermann, who has been head of the German skiing federation since 2005, received 434 votes from 459 delegates Saturday for a one-year term in charge of the German Olympic Sports Confederation. A vote for another four-year term will take place in December 2014.

Bach, who led the German body for seven years before leaving to take the IOC’s top job, was named honorary president.

Hans-Peter Kraemer served as interim president after Bach succeeded Jacques Rogge as IOC president in September.

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