Thomas Bach could well run unopposed when he seeks a second term as president of the International Olympic Committee next year.
Dozens of members praised Bach's decision to run for a final four-year term which he announced at the 136th IOC Session on Friday.
"I am ready to run for a second term as IOC president and to continue to serve you and this Olympic Movement, which we all love so much for another four years," Bach told IOC members at the start of the organization's first virtual Session.
Outgoing executive board member Sergey Bubka and Tokyo Games coordination committee head John Coates welcomed the decision alongside American Anita DeFrantz, and the session quickly ran late because of the multitude of Olympians praising Bach.
Vice president Juan Antonio Samaranch at least kept it short, saying: "Bravo, presidente," and the number of people thanking Bach makes it very unlikely that any one will challenge him.
The election is set for the spring of 2021 at an additional Session to the one right ahead of the Tokyo Olympics which have been pushed back 12 months.
Bach, 66, a fencing gold medallist from 1976 and lawyer, was elected president in 2013 in succession of Belgium's Jacques Rogge. Under IOC rules a president serves a first eight-year term and can then be re-elected for one more four-year term.
As president, Bach created the Olympic Agenda 2020 reform programme, making it easier and cheaper to stage future Games.
But Bach's tenure also falls into the Russian doping saga and he has been criticized for not imposing a blanket ban on Russia since 2016 because of wrong-doing including tampering with samples at the 2014 Sochi Games.
The IOC president, himself a victim of the Moscow 1980 boycott but also friends with Russian President Vladimir Putin, has however always put the athletes first.
He insisted again on Friday amid fresh fears that "sporting boycotts do not have any political effect whatsoever. A sporting boycott only punishes the athletes of the boycotting country."
Managing the difficult Rio 2016 Games was a challenge, and the Pyeongchang Winter Games were highlighted by North and South Korea at joining at the ceremonies and forming a combined ice-hockey team.
The coronavirus crisis has brought on even bigger challenges with the first-ever peace-time postponement of a Games, Tokyo 2020. It is not even clear whether the Games can really take place next year although "multiple scenarios" are being planned.
"We can, together with the organising committee, turn these postponed Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 into an unprecedented celebration of unity and solidarity of humankind, making them a symbol of resilience and hope," he said.
Bach will now hope for better times ahead of the election as he said: "I hope holding sessions virtually will be the exception and not the rule."