Sergei Bubka: Pole vault great wants to be IOC president

Sergie Bubka

Ukrainian pole vault great Sergei Bubka is joining the race to become the next president of the International Olympic Committee.

The 49-year-old former Olympic and world champion notified IOC members he wants to succeed Jacques Rogge, who steps down in September.

"I would like to take this opportunity to humbly inform you that I will submit my candidacy for the presidency of the IOC," Bubka said in a letter.

He is the sixth contender.

The election will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 10 September.

The record field includes IOC vice-presidents Thomas Bach of Germany and Ng Ser Miang of Singapore as well as finance commission chairman Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico, amateur boxing association chief CK Wu of Taiwan, and international rowing federation head Denis Oswald of Switzerland.

Bubka will be the youngest candidate in the race, 10 years younger than the 59-year-old Bach.

He competed in four Olympics from 1988 to 2000, winning the pole vault gold medal for the former Soviet Union at the 1988 Games in Seoul.

A six-time world champion, Bubka set a total of 35 world records during his career. He still holds the outdoor and indoor records in the event.

Since retiring from competing, he has been Ukrainian National Olympic Committee president, International Association of Athletics Federations senior vice-president and a member of the IOC executive board.