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Thomas Bach, JD Biography

Title:
President of the International Olympic Committee
Position:
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“As an Olympic medalist, I find recent developments in some sports particularly upsetting. What saddens me most as a former athlete is that they erode the trust in the clean athlete. Clean athletes who push themselves day in day out pursuing their dreams see the finger of suspicion pointing at them. This is the very worst ‘side effect’ of doping.

We must do everything we can to protect these millions of clean athletes around the world. For their sake and for the credibility of sports competition, they have to be protected from doping and corrupting influences.”

“IOC President Thomas Bach Discusses Doping and the Credibility of Sports,” latimes.com, Dec. 8, 2015

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to performance enhancing drugs and sports. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to performance enhancing drugs and sports.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President, International Olympic Committee, 2013-present
  • Chairman, International Olympic Truce Foundation, 2013-present
  • President, Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund, 2006-2013
  • Lawyer, 1993-2013
  • Chairman, Board of Trustees, FIFA Women’s World Cup (Germany), 2011
  • Recipient, Olympic gold medal, fencing (team foil event), 1976
  • Education:
  • PhD, Politics and Law, University of Würzburg, 1983
  • Other:
  • Born Dec. 29, 1953 in Würzburg, West Germany
  • Represented West Germany at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal
  • Honorary doctorate from Universidad Católica de Murcia