- 17 Jul 2015
- IOC News
A fun evening for IOC President Thomas Bach at beach handball exhibition tournament in Lausanne
A relaxed IOC President Thomas Bach joined an enthusiastic crowd this evening at a beach handball exhibition tournament staged on the shore of Lake Geneva at the Pierre de Coubertin Stadium, a few metres away from the IOC headquarters.
Organised by the International Handball Federation (IHF) and the City of Lausanne with the support of the IOC, the tournament, which showcases the modern and dynamic development of the sport, has brought together the world's best athletes in beach handball, a discipline that is hoping to join the Youth Olympic Games Programme in 2018 in Buenos Aires .
With names such as Orion, Sirius, Mira and Vega, the teams tonight formed an impressive constellation of stars, including athletes from Russia and Ukraine showing once again that sport can build bridges between nations and between communities and foster dialogue.