BUDAPEST (QHA) - Serhiy Bubka has officially announced his decision to run for the presidency of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
He made such a statement during his visit to St. Petersburg on Tuesday, after he was re-elected to the board of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), the press service of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Ukraine reported, according to Ukrinform. 
"I started my international sporting career here, in St. Petersburg, when I qualified for the 1983 World Championships in Helsinki, therefore here I would like to announce my bid for the presidency of the IOC," Bubka said.
Serhiy Bubka, an Olympic champion in pole vaulting who set 35 world records and won the World Championships in Athletics ten times, has a wide range of experience, having been a member of the IOC since 1999. In addition, he headed the IOC Athletes' Commission for eight years.
Bubka is now a member of the IOC Entourage Commission and the Coordination Commission for the XXXI Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Moreover, he serves as vice-president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Bubka also worked as chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.
Bubka will join Germany's Thomas Bach, Singapore's Ng Ser Miang, C.K. Wu of Taiwan, Puerto Rican Richard Carrion and Swiss Denis Oswald in a six-way race for one of the biggest jobs in world sport.
The IOC will elect the successor to Belgian surgeon Jacques Rogge, whose 12-year stint at the helm comes to a mandatory end, at their session in Buenos Aires on September 10.