09/10/2014 - International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach met with President of the Republic of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan at the Presidential Palace in the Armenian capital of Yerevan after receiving an invitation to the country from the local National Olympic Committee.
President Bach emphasised the power of dialogue and the ability of sport to unite people and build bridges between countries and people. The IOC President was meeting the Armenian President for the second time after the pair met during the Sochi Olympic Winter Games. The Armenian President said that sport had always played an important part in the Armenian way of life. "We must use sport to build stability and cooperation," he said.
President Bach invited the President to make an official visit to the IOC headquarters in Lausanne.
The IOC President later attended a reception hosted by the Armenian National Olympic Committee (NOC) President Gagik Tsarukyan that included a number of Armenian Olympians and world champions. President Bach was accompanied by IOC member and President of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) Patrick Hickey.
President Bach was later awarded the title of honorary professor from the Armenian State Institute of Physical Culture.
The IOC delegation later visited the new headquarters of the Armenian National Olympic Committee with NOC President Tsarukyan. The delegation also visited a new Olympic sports complex.