— Published 6 December 2021

Thomas Weikert beats Claudia Bokel

Thomas Weikert

Thomas Weikert, the former president of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), was elected president of the German National Olympic Committee (DOSB) on Saturday 4 December, just a few days after he officially relinquished his ITTF seat to Petra Sörling of Sweden. Thomas Weikert won the election and succeeded Alfons Hörmann, beating the other candidate, former fencer Claudia Bokel, by 361 votes to 56. Alfons Hörmann, who had been the head of the DOSB for eight years, was forced to resign after being accused by some of its staff of creating a climate of terror among its employees. A selection committee then nominated three candidates to succeed him: Thomas Weilkert, Claudia Bokel, former chairwoman of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, and Stephan Mayer, the parliamentary state secretary in the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community Affairs. But the latter withdrew last month. Prior to his election, Thomas Weikert had repeatedly stated that Germany should bid for the Summer Games as soon as possible, including for the 2036 edition, which would coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Berlin Games in 1936.