- 14 Oct 2014
- IOC News
Bulgarian President makes official visit to IOC headquarters, Olympic Museum
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach welcomed Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev and Bulgarian Olympic Committee President Stefka Kostadinova to the IOC headquarters in Lausanne today.
During their meeting, President Plevneliev told President Bach how important sport is in promoting positive values and healthy lifestyles within Bulgaria.
“Sport for us is a national priority of strategic importance to my country,” he said. “It is a symbol of peace, integration and cooperation and a way of building values in young people.”
The official visit by the Bulgarian delegation included a tour of the newly renovated Olympic Museum, where together with President Bach they unveiled a statue donated by two-time Bulgarian Olympic wrestling champion and Honorary Member of the Bulgarian Olympic Committee Boyan Radev. The bronze sculpture of two wrestlers locked in combat is the work of one of Bulgaria’s most famous artists, Lyubomir Dalchev.
President Bach described the work as “a unique piece of art that symbolises the beauty of the most popular and successful sport in Bulgaria … Through this sculpture, the artist has perfectly captured both the creative and artistic strength of the sport of wrestling.”
The Bulgarian President was also impressed by the large number of children taking part in Olympic Week sporting activities at the Olympic Museum. “Sport definitely brings people together, and we are glad to be part of this,” he said. “As we can see with all these children running around today, sport can gather people from all over the world and unite them under one passion.”