At the start of today’s joint International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board meeting with the Executive Council of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), IOC President Thomas Bach today called for a minute of silence to coincide with the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa this morning.
“While we have assembled here, the world is gathering in Johannesburg to honour Mr Mandela,” said President Bach. “President Mandela was a hero of humanity and a great friend of the Olympic Movement.”
Yesterday, President Bach called on all 204 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) to honour Mr Mandela by flying their flags at half-mast on the day of his funeral, Sunday 15 December.
During the meeting, the President encouraged the NOCs to actively participate in the ongoing dialogue regarding the future of the Olympic Movement, known as the Olympic Agenda 2020.
The IOC EB will begin its first meeting chaired by President Bach later this morning.