- 11 Oct 2014
- IOC News
IOC President Bach meets Georgian President and Prime Minister during NOC 25th Anniversary celebrations in Tiblisi
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach held talks this weekend with the President of the Republic of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili, as the Georgian National Olympic Committee (NOC) celebrated its 25th anniversary in Tiblisi.
During the meeting, Margvelashvili underscored the importance of sport to the nation of Georgia and to peace-building. "Sport has always been important to our country throughout its history," he said. "But after independence it became even more important. Sport can solve the problems that diplomats and politicians cannot. Through sport we can build peace and learn to cooperate," he added.
The IOC President also met with Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili.
President Bach attended the 25th Anniversary Celebration and Reception hosted by the Georgian National Olympic Committee (NOC). Guests included Georgian athletes and the Presidents and Secretary Generals of many of Europe's National Olympic Committees.
At the reception, President Bach told those in attendance: “The International Olympic Committee remains ready to offer a platform to all the National Olympic Committees in the region to foster relations between the young athletes so that they can meet each other and get to know each other better.”
Accompanying President Bach was IOC Member and President of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) Patrick Hickey.
Earlier in the day, the IOC delegation visited the headquarters of the Georgian NOC and met with NOC President Leri Khabelov and leaders of European NOCs. The President also met a number of Georgian Olympians as well as athletes who had received Olympic Solidarity scholarships.