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Olympic Highlights of the week of 5 May 2014

2014-05-13 10:15:00 IOC



President Bach and Brian Roberts, Chairman and CEO, 
Comcast Corporation © IOC/Arnaud Meylan

12/05/2014 - On 7 May, the IOC awarded NBCUniversal (NBCU) the broadcast rights in the USA for the Olympic Games through to 2032. NBCU has acquired the broadcast rights across all media platforms, including free-to-air television, subscription television, internet and mobile. The agreement from 2021 to 2032 is valued at USD 7.65 billion, plus an additional USD 100 million signing bonus to be used for the promotion of Olympism and the Olympic values between 2015 and 2020. The IOC President, Thomas Bach, who led the negotiations, said “This agreement is excellent news for the entire Olympic Movement as it helps to ensure its financial security in the long term, in particular future host cities of the Olympic Games, the athletes of the 204 National Olympic Committees and the International Sports Federations. The IOC has worked in close partnership with NBC for many decades, and we are thrilled we will continue to work with them through to 2032. NBC’s expertise in sports broadcasting, as well as their passion for the Olympic values, will mean we shall be able continue to offer first-class broadcast coverage of the Olympic Games to the widest possible American audience for many years to come.”

IOC President met the President of the Swiss
 Confederation.© IOC/Christophe Moratal

On 9 May, IOC President Thomas Bach welcomed the President of the Swiss Confederation, Didier Burkhalter, to the IOC headquarters before a visit to The Olympic Museum. The two leaders discussed a number of items of common interest, including the long ties between the Olympic Movement and Switzerland. They also assessed the highly successful Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, with the Swiss President having just returned from meeting President Putin in Moscow, where he led the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) delegation. President Bach observed that “the ties between Switzerland and the IOC are based on great cooperation in the past. We feel at home here in Switzerland, and we certainly hope that it will be possible for this to continue, and this is a sentiment echoed by many of our partners from International Federations and other sports organisations who followed the IOC’s lead and set up their headquarters in Switzerland.” Discussions also touched upon the celebrations surrounding the 100th anniversary of the IOC being headquartered in Lausanne which will be marked next year.

President Bach with the President of the Republic 
of Singapore. © IOC/Christophe Moratal

 Also on 9 May, President Bach received the President of the Republic of Singapore, Tony Tan Keng Yam. The two leaders also toured The Olympic Museum. During the meeting, the IOC President, who was accompanied by IOC member in Singapore Ser Miang Ng, thanked Singapore for all it had done for the Olympic Movement, particularly in staging the first edition of the Youth Olympic Games.

President Bach and Daniel Brélaz. © IOC/Bertrand Rey

At the start of the week at the Villa Mon-Repos, President Bach met a Lausanne City Council delegation led by Mayor Daniel Brelaz, whom he presented with an Olympic torch from the Games in Sochi. Their discussions centred on relations between the IOC and the city of Lausanne.

On the same day, the President welcomed the members of the 2022 Winter Games Applicant Cities Working Group, which was meeting in Lausanne from 5 to 9 May.

On 5 May afternoon, President Bach attended a thank-you drinks reception with the whole IOC administration in order to celebrate the success of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. The Chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for these Games, Jean-Claude Killy was present.

This week in Vidy, President Bach has met:

•IOC honorary member and President of the Organising Committee for the 2016 Games in Rio, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, with whom he discussed the progress of preparations for Games in 2016;
•IOC members Claudia Bokel, Uğur Erdener, Vitaly Smirnov, Ung Chang, Ser Miang Ng, Gian-Franco Kasper and Adam Pengilly;
•the President of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), Michel Platini;
•the President of the NOC of Costa Rica, Henry Nuñez, accompanied by Secretary General Sylvia Gonzalez;
•the President of the NOC of Dominica, Luis Mejía Oviedo;
•the Vice-President of the NOC of Germany, Hans-Peter Krämer;
•the Secretary General of the NOC of St Vincent-and-the-Grenadines, Keith Joseph;
•a delegation from the International Society of Olympic Historians (ISOH) led by its President, David Wallechinsky;
•the Chinese Ambassador in Switzerland, Xu Jinghu; and
•Jacques de Navacelle, Pierre de Coubertin’s great-nephew.

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