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05 Mar 2015
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“Can Sport Save the World?” – IOC President addresses NOC Congress in Denmark

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach was the guest of the Danish National Olympic Committee today at its Congress in Copenhagen.

He told the audience: “Sport can neither save the world alone nor can it alone make the world a better and peaceful place. But sport has the power to contribute to a better harmonious and peaceful world.”

He also made it clear that: “choosing a host city does not mean that the IOC necessarily agrees with the political or the legal system in the host country.  It means however that in every country where we organise Olympic Games we want to send the strong message of tolerance, respect and fair play as well as the compliance with all the values of the Olympic Charter for all participants at the Olympic Games.”

The IOC President was joined by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, an IOC member, President of the Danish National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation Niels Nygaard, and the Danish Minister of Cultural Affairs, Marianne Jelved.

President Bach also spoke about Olympic Agenda 2020, the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement.

He told the audience that, just eight weeks after the reforms were unanimously agreed by IOC members at the 127th Session in Monaco, many of the recommendations have already been implemented.

IOC financial statements are prepared and audited according to IFRS standards even if these higher standards are legally not required. The IOC will also produce an annual activity report, including the allowance policy for IOC members.

The transparency report will show that the IOC distributes 90 per cent of its revenues to the sporting movement and to the athletes.

President Bach told the Congress that: “we are always working for building bridges and never for erecting walls, that we follow this call for tolerance and solidarity.”

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