USA Judo would like to congratulate Mr. Thomas Bach

Sept. 10, 2013, 4:34 p.m. (ET)

USA Judo would like to express its sincere congratulations to Mr. Thomas Bach for being elected as the new President of the IOC.

The 59-year-old German lawyer and IOC vice president replaces Jacques Rogge who completed his 12-year term.

"I want to lead the IOC according to my motto, Unity in Diversity. I want to be a president for all of you. … You should know that my door, my ears and my heart are always open to you," said Mr. Thomas Bach to the IOC members.

Mr. Thomas Bach is the first Olympian to become IOC President.