IOC presidency: Don't diminish Bach's role in win, says alleged "kingmaker" Sheikh Ahmad
International Olympic Committee (IOC) member from Kuwait Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah said that new IOC president Thomas Bach deserves all the credit for a well-run campaign.
Sheikh Ahmad, dubbed by IOC watchers and media as "kingmaker" for his open support of Bach, had been reprimanded by the IOC for violating a rule which prevented the public support of a presidential candidate.
When asked about his role in the outcome of the presidential race, Sheikh Ahmad quipped: "I must thank the media for making me into a hero."
Downplaying his influence on the race, he said: "We know that when there is a campaign, there are stories, rumours. We understand these things, positive or negative. But in the end, the result answers the questions to what is going on."