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President Bach and President Plevneliev unveiling the sculpture donated by Boyan
 Radev (R), in the presence of Stefka Kostadinova. ©IOC / Christophe Moratal

IOC President Thomas Bach welcomed the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Rosen Plevneliev, and Bulgarian Olympic Committee President Stefka Kostadinova to the IOC headquarters this week. During their meeting, President Plevneliev informed President Bach how important sport is for him in promoting positive values and healthy lifestyles within Bulgaria. He also underlined that he shared the IOC President’s concern for the political neutrality of sport as well as for the importance of autonomy to allow sport to flourish. The visit by the Bulgarian delegation also included a tour of The Olympic Museum where, together with the IOC President and the President of United World Wrestling, Nenad Lalovic, they unveiled a statue donated by two-time Bulgarian Olympic wrestling champion and Honorary Member of the Bulgarian Olympic Committee Boyan Radev. The bronze sculpture of two wrestlers locked in combat is the work of one of Bulgaria’s most famous artists, Lubomir Dalchev. President Bach described the work as “a unique piece of art that symbolises the beauty of the most popular and successful sport in Bulgaria. Through this sculpture, the artist has perfectly captured both the creative and artistic strength of the sport of wrestling.” The Bulgarian President was impressed by the large number of children taking part in the Olympic Week sporting activities at The Olympic Museum, and observed: “As we can see with all these children running around today, sport can gather people from all over the world and unite them under one passion.”


President Bach and Federal Councillor Maurer. ©IOC / Arnaud Meylan

During a meeting with Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer, the Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports (DPPS), the two leaders addressed various subjects, including relations between the IOC and Switzerland, and the 2015 celebration of the 100th anniversary of the IOC’s presence in the country. Olympic Agenda 2020, the recent developments in the fight against illegal betting in sport, for which the IOC has created a USD 10 million fund, and the recent adoption of a Council of Europe convention enforcing the support of governments were also addressed. President Bach thanked Mr Maurer for the success of the meeting of sports ministers held recently in Macolin, during which a convention on the manipulation of sports competitions was signed. The protection of the integrity of sport is important for the IOC and needs to be a joint effort with the governments. For his part, the Federal Councillor pointed out that “Switzerland is not only about its international political bodies, but attaches particular importance to sports organisations, notably the IOC, whose headquarters we are very proud to host in Lausanne. Sport plays an essential role in our society, and we owe it to sport to provide it with the place it deserves. With this aim, continuing efficient and fruitful cooperation with the IOC is of the utmost importance.”


©copyright: ©IWF / Klaus Schultes

On 17 October, President Bach took part in the International Economic Forum in Baden-Baden (Germany. The President spoke about the importance of Olympic values in a globalised world and how sport, as an integral part of society, is in general the only area of human existence with a truly universal law based on global ethics: fair play, respect and friendship.

This week, the IOC President has also met IOC member Vitaly Smirnov; IOC honorary member, the President of the Organising Committee for the Games in Rio Carlos Arthur Nuzman; and the President of the International Bobsleigh and Tobogganing Federation (FIBT), Ivo Ferriani.


(L to R) Jamel Belghasem Ezarrugh, Thomas Bach
 and Mohamed Gremida ©IOC / Bertrand Rey

A meeting was held with the Libyan NOC President, Jamel Belghasem Ezarrugh, accompanied by the NOC’s International Relations Director, Mohamed Gremida, during which the men talked about the challenging situation in Libya and the role that sport can play for the cohesion of a society. The preparations of Libyan athletes for the Olympic Games Rio 2016 under such difficult circumstances were also discussed.


The President among the children at The Museum. ©IOC / Arnaud Meylan

President Bach also met children taking part in the 34th Olympic Week activities at The Olympic Museum. He took part in a question-and-answer session with around 100 children aged from 8 to 15, who were there to try out some of the more-than 30 sports disciplines on offer. Among other things, the children asked him which sports he practises, how he chose fencing and how he organises his time.


INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS

SUMMER IFS
The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) carried out an extensive anti-doping programme in the lead-up to and during its main events in 2014, with the results confirming that all the players who participated were clean and reinforcing the fact that basketball is a low-risk doping sport. More than 300 samples were collected over the course of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, the FIBA World Championship for Women and the FIBA U17 World Championships for Men and Women, with a minimum of three players per team tested.

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