International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach and Finnish President Sauli Niinistö today talked sport, Olympic legacy and future strategies during a meeting at Mäntyniemi, the official Presidential residence in Helsinki.
The IOC President is in the Finnish capital to speak at the 6th International Working Group (IWG) World Conference on Women and Sport, an event officially supported by the IOC.
The Finnish President, a keen sports fan, praised the IOC for its good governance and highlighted the many benefits that the Olympic Games can bring in terms of health and social cohesion. He underlined the huge benefits the 1952 Summer Games in Helsinki had brought to Finland just after the Second World War.
President Bach compared the experience with Munich ’72 and Barcelona ’92, noting how one could talk of “Olympic cities before and after staging the Games”.
The pair also discussed Olympic Agenda 2020, which will lay out a new strategic course for the future of the Olympic Movement.
The Finnish President told President Bach of the huge success of the "Move It" campaign, organised by the Finnish sports movement and government. The campaign seeks to instil values and encourage physical activity among young people, and has been implemented in 12 different languages in countries around the world.
Also present at the meeting were IOC Executive Board members and Olympians Anita DeFrantz and Claudia Bokel; IOC member and five-time Olympian Peter Tallberg; IWG Co-Chair Raija Mattila; and Finnish Sports Confederation (Valo) President Risto Nieminen.