International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach today chaired the first Games Coordination Meeting of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
The gathering, which brings together the representatives of the main stakeholders of the Olympic Movement and the Games Organising Committee, is a forum where the progress of the Games is discussed, as they get underway.
President Bach opened the meeting by welcoming the various participants and underlining the importance of the meeting for the good functioning of the Games. He then passed the floor to the Sochi 2014 delegation led by Sochi 2014 President Dmitry Chernyshenko, who updated the group on the progress being made as Sochi prepares to deliver its Opening Ceremony tonight and following the first day of competition.
The Sochi report was followed by updates from the different groups represented around the table, including the IOC Coordination Commission, represented by its Chairman Jean-Claude Killy; the Association of National Olympic Committees; the Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations; the IOC Athletes’ Commission; the IOC Vice-Presidents; and the IOC administration.
President Bach concluded the meeting by restating his confidence in the work of the Organising Committee and wishing President Chernyshenko and his team good luck for the Games.
The Games Coordination meeting is a regular forum at Games time to ensure that all of the key Olympic Movement stakeholders are able to regularly exchange at a senior level on the progress of the Olympic Games. It forms part of the IOC’s wider Games management structure, which includes evaluation commissions, coordination commissions, and a large knowledge transfer programme.