President Bach was in the Hungarian capital at the weekend for the Wrestling World Championships. The IOC President watched a number of finals on Friday and Saturday and met many of the athletes.
A guest of World Wrestling President Nenad Lalovic, President Bach praised the great attendance at the World Championships and the “fantastic atmosphere”, noting the “huge transformation of the sport that has taken place under President Lalovic”.
During the tournament, President Bach was also accompanied by IOC Members in Hungary Pál Schmitt and Daniel Gyurta. He was also joined by IOC Member Sergey Bubka.
Earlier on Saturday, President Bach met the President of the Hungarian National Olympic Committee, Krisztian Kulcsar, at the NOC headquarters, where they discussed the recent Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires and the preparations for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, as well as reforms underway at the Hungarian NOC.
Earlier that day, President Bach met Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban as they visited a newly completed high-performance sports centre and academy on the outskirts of Budapest. Mr Orban took the IOC President on a tour of the facilities, of which the Prime Minister is the patron. Afterwards, President Bach said he was highly impressed with the state-of-the-art centre, which includes the football stadium for local club FC Felcsut.
“The Academy is the perfect concept, combining sport and education, as well as helping with future careers for young people. In many ways, the centre is an example of the Olympic values in action.”