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IOC President Bach meets IBSF President Ivo Ferriani

2018-05-24 10:49:00

The IOC President met with IOC Member and International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) President Ivo Ferriani. President Bach congratulated him on the great success of the bobsleigh and skeleton events at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. The two men also discussed the preparations for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 and this June’s PyeongChang Games Debrief in Beijing.

International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) President Mori Watanabe informed President Bach about the FIG Ethics Foundation to be approved next December by the FIG Council. The Foundation will be responsible for dealing with any issue related to ethics, misconduct, aggression and other rule violations. Preparations for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 were also discussed.

At an International Society of Olympic Historians (ISOH) meeting held at The Olympic Museum in Lausanne, President Bach presented the ISOH trophy to French Olympic historian Jean Durry, founder of the National Sports Museum of France and author of several books on Pierre de Coubertin, in recognition of his long-standing career. The ceremony was presided over by ISOH President David Wallechinsky.

President Bach also met Nobel Peace Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus. They discussed the cooperation between the IOC and the Yunus Centre regarding the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and on how sport can promote entrepreneurship and social business. Prof. Yunus informed President Bach about his experience of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 and the joint march of the Korean teams. They also talked about this October’s Olympism in Action Forum in Buenos Aires, at which Prof. Yunus will be a speaker.

The President met the Ambassador of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in Switzerland, Han Tae Song, who is also the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of the DPRK at the United Nations in Geneva. Ambassador Han Tae Song thanked the IOC for opening up the path to reconciliation in the Korean peninsula.

IOC member in Russia Alexander Zhukov came to the IOC headquarters in Lausanne for a farewell visit. He officially informed President Bach that he would not be standing for re-election and that with this, his position as an IOC member would cease. He informed the President that he had very much enjoyed working in the IOC, and he emphasised that both he and the Russian NOC (ROC) had had to accept administrative responsibility for the systematic manipulation of the anti-doping system in Russia, even though in none of the reports there was any allegation of wrong-doing against either the ROC or himself. He said that this had not been easy either for the ROC or for him personally.

The IOC President thanked him for how the ROC and he had taken this decision, and accepted the sanctions and cooperated constructively with regard to the formation of the Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR) team. Furthermore, he thanked him for all the contributions he had made to the IOC, particularly in his role as the Chair of the Coordination Commission for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022.

Meetings were also held with IOC Vice-President Uğur Erdener and IOC Member Pál Schmitt.

The IOC President also attended the “Maimarkt” international equestrian tournament in Mannheim (Germany), at which he was able to congratulate the winners at the awards ceremony. He also signed the City of Mannheim’s Visitors’ Book during his stay.

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