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IOC President wraps up Asia tour with visit to Republic of Korea President Park

IOC President wraps up Asia tour with visit to Republic of Korea President Park
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21/11/2013

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach completed his Asian tour today, meeting with Republic of Korea President Park Geun-Hye.

Meeting at the presidential residence, the Blue House, President Bach thanked the Korean President for her strong support for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang.  

President Park underlined her government’s continued backing of the Games, and emphasised the importance of sport in society and its educational role in Korean society. The Korean President added that she was strongly supportive of the IOC's fight against doping and zero-tolerance policy on drugs. She also expressed interest in learning more about the IOC Athlete Career Programme, which helps athletes develop dual careers and hone skills for working life after competition.  

Earlier, President Bach attended a lunch hosted by Korean Olympic Committee President Kim Jung-Haeng and met a dozen Korean athletes and Olympic medallists. This followed a meeting with staff at the PyeongChang 2018 offices in Seoul.  

Accompanied by IOC Coordination Commission Chairwoman Gunilla Lindberg and Korean IOC member Moon Dae-Sung, President Bach heard progress reports from the PyeongChang Organising Committee (POCOG) President and CEO, Kim Jin-Sun.   

President Bach later addressed the POCOG staff, telling them that with the handover of the Olympic flag at the Sochi Olympic Winter Games in February, the spotlight would soon be on them as the next hosts of the Games. He added that each of them would play an important role in welcoming the world.  

Seoul was the final stop for President Bach during a four-city Asian tour. On Monday, he visited Nanjing, host of the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2014, before travelling to Beijing on Tuesday. On Wednesday he was in Tokyo for talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and a meeting with the Japanese Olympic Committee, following their successful bid for the 2020 Summer Games in the Japanese capital.

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    Nanjing 2014 - Gold medalist Sarah Hornung of Switzerland competes in the women's 10m Air Rifle final of shooting event at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, August 19, 2014.

  • Gold medalist Sarah Hornung of Switzerland in the women's 10m Air Rifle

    Nanjing 2014 - Gold medalist Sarah Hornung of Switzerland celebrates after the women's 10m Air Rifle of shooting event at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, on August 19, 2014.

  • Women's 10m Air Rifle Medalists

    Nanjing 2014 - Gold medalist Sarah Hornung (C) of Switzerland, silver medalist Martina Lindsay Veloso (L) of Singapore and bronze medalist Julia Budde of Germany pose on the podium during the awarding ceremony of the women's 10m Air Rifle of shooting event at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, on August 19, 2014.

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    Nanjing 2014 - Gold medalist Edival Marques Quirino Pontes of Brazil fights against silver medalist Jose Ruben Nava Rodriguez of Mexico Men-63kg final of Taekwondo event of Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, on Aug. 19, 2014.

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  • Women's 58-kg Weightlifting Medalists

    Nanjing 2014 - Gold medalist Chiang Nien-Hsin (C) of Chinese Taipei, silver medalist Anastasiia Petrova (L) of Russian Federation and bronze medalist Sasha Nievas of Argentina pose on the podium after the women's 58-kg weightlifting event at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, Aug. 19, 2014.

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