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2014-09-25 10:03:00 IOC




President Bach and South Korean President Park.©Cheong Wa Dae

In Seoul immediately after arriving on 18 September, IOC President Thomas Bach met the President of the Republic of Korea, Park Geun-hye, at the Blue House, to discuss the status of the preparations for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. The two leaders agreed on closer cooperation between the South Korean government, the IOC and the Games Organising Committee (POCOG). President Park gave the IOC President her personal and her government’s assurances to make PyeongChang 2018 a success. It was the second meeting between the two leaders since President Bach’s election. “These Games are a unique opportunity for the Republic of Korea to showcase itself to the world - not only as a new destination for winter sports, but also as a country of high technology and hospitality,” President Bach told President Park. “They should also help to further the international relations of all Koreans.” President Bach invited President Park to the IOC headquarters and Olympic Museum in Lausanne. Accompanying the President during this meeting were Gunilla Lindberg, IOC Executive Board member and Coordination Commission Chair for PyeongChang 2018; Christophe Dubi, Olympic Games Executive Director; Kim Jung-haeng, Korean NOC President; and Cho Yang-ho, POCOG President.

Opening Ceremony of the 17th Asian Games. ©Getty Images/Suhaimi Abdullah

President Bach attended the opening ceremony of the 17th Asian Games being held in Incheon before addressing on 20 September the 33rd General Assembly of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), whose President is Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah. He also attended several competitions.

During his stay in Incheon, President Bach met IOC Vice President John Coates, IOC Executive Board member Ching-Kuo Wu, IOC members Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, Julio César Maglione, Ser Miang Ng, Samih Moudallal, Tsunekazu Takeda and Mikaela Cojuangco Jaworski. He also had meetings with delegations from the NOCs of Indonesia, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Syrian Arab Republic.

He took part in a lunch hosted by POCOG President Cho Yang-ho, attended by the Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Kim Jongdeok; the Governor of Gangwon Province, Choi Moonsoon; the President of the Federation of Korean Industries, Heo Changsoo; the Vice-President of the South Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Lee Donggeun; NOC President Kim Jung-haeng; and POCOG Vice-President Kwak Youngjin. Also on his agenda was a reception hosted by the Japanese NOC.

Meeting between President Bach and Adolf Ogi. ©IOC / Christophe Moratal

Before leaving for the Republic of Korea, President Bach met the former President of the Swiss Confederation and former Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Adolf Ogi, in Lausanne. Their discussions focused on the collaboration between the IOC and the UN as well as the future of the Olympic Movement through Olympic Agenda 2020.

The President also met Michel Barnier, Vice-President of the European Commission; Nenad Lalovic, President of United World Wrestling; and Emmanuel Hoog, Chairman and Chief Executive of Agence France Presse..

(L to R) Erskine Simmons, Steve Stoute, Thomas
 Bach and Austin Sealy. ©IOC / Jochen Färber

A meeting was also held with a delegation from the NOC of Barbados, made up of its President, Steve Stoute, Secretary General Erskine Simmons and IOC member in Barbados Austin Sealy. During the meeting, the IOC President and the delegation addressed the issue of the development of sport and the role of sport in society.

President Bach also met IOC Executive Board members Claudia Bokel and Sergey Bubka and IOC members Mario Pescante, Alex Gilady, Sam Ramsamy and Angela Ruggiero to discuss various issues, including Olympic Agenda 2020.

On 16 September, the President attended the unveiling of a sculpture donated by the World Curling Federation (WCF), in the presence of WCF President Kate Caithness at The Olympic Museum.

IOC Vice-President Craig Reedie represented the IOC at a conference organised by the Council of Europe, in partnership with the Swiss Federal Office of European Sport in Macolin (Switzerland). During this meeting, the European sports ministers signed a convention against manipulation in sports competitions.

On 13 September, Richard L. Carrión was appointed a member of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Central Board at its meeting in Madrid (Spain).


Joseph S. Blatter (l in photo), who is also President of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), met his IOC colleague Ung Chang (r) at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich (Switzerland). Their meeting focused on the development of football in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

The IOC was sad to learn of the death of Alpha Ibrahim Diallo, an IOC honorary member in Guinea, at the age of 82. A graduate in journalism and civil administration, Mr Diallo joined the IOC in 1994. He was a member of the Executive Board from 2003 to 2006 and also served on several commissions. He became an honorary member in 2013. During his 15 years at the head of the NOC of Guinea, he played a key role in supporting athletes and in promoting the values of physical activity in his country. On a continental level, Mr Diallo was a member of the ANOCA Executive Committee from 1986 to 1990, before serving as President from 2001 to 2005. He was also a member of the ANOC Executive Committee before becoming its Vice-President in 2001. He then held a number of positions within the Guinean Government and was also an Ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations in New York. He was the founding President of the African National Broadcasting and Television Union (URTNA).

Various commission meetings were held this week in Lausanne to discuss and contribute to Olympic Agenda 2020. The IOC President addressed each commission.

The Sport and Environment Commission chaired by Prince Albert II of Monaco.

The Athletes’ Commission chaired by Claudia Bokel.

The Entourage Commission chaired by Sergey Bubka.

The International Relations Commission chaired by Mario Pescante.

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