Power Game: Thomas Bach’s Iron Grip on the Olympics

How a former fencer wielded diplomacy and guile to drag the Games across the finish line, even in a pandemic, like it or not.

By Andrew Keh

Thomas Bach was crying. He tried to speak, but his voice quavered.

It was early March, and Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, was staring out at a curved bank of video screens displaying the placid, smiling faces of the organization’s membership scattered in offices, libraries and living rooms around the world.

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