- 21 Jul 2015
- IOC News
A weekend of sport for IOC President Thomas Bach
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach was in championship form over the weekend, taking in the British Open golf tournament in Scotland before attending the 2015 World Fencing Championships in Moscow.
A guest of the International Golf Federation (IGF) at St Andrews, the IOC President got a first-hand look at some of the world’s best golfers, who will be returning to the Olympic Games next summer in Rio de Janeiro for the first time since 1904. On this occasion, the IOC President met IGF President Peter Dawson and IGF Executive Director Antony Scanlon. President Bach was accompanied by IOC Vice-President and World Anti-Doping Agency President Craig Reedie.
From St Andrews, the President travelled, at the invitation of International Fencing Federation (FIE) President Alisher Usmanov, to Moscow, where he watched the men’s and women’s team foil finals on the closing day of the World Fencing Championships that doubled as a qualifier for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The IOC President was accompanied during his visit to Russia by IOC Members Vitaly Smirnov, also IOC Doyen, Alexander Popov and Alexander Zhukov, who is also President of the Russian Olympic Committee.
President Bach, in the company of Vitaly Smirnov and Alexander Zhukov, held a meeting with the Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Arkady Dvorkovich.
While in Moscow, President Bach took the opportunity to award the Olympic Order in silver to Irina Viner, President of the All-Russian Federation of Rhythmic Gymnastics, and head coach of the Russian team. She was given the distinction for her outstanding service to the global sports movement and her commitment to the Olympic ideals. IOC Doyen Vitaly Smirnov delivered the speech of honour for the distinction.