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16 Apr 2015
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IOC President discusses sport’s role in society with Prime Minister of Hungary

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach today welcomed Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to The Olympic Museum in Lausanne, where the pair discussed the positive benefits sport can have in society, in particular through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

During a tour of The Olympic Museum, President Bach also updated Prime Minister Orbán about the progress being made on implementing Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement.

They discussed the changes to the bidding process for the Olympic Games. These include cost reductions, an emphasis on sustainability and the new Invitation Phase. During the Invitation Phase, the IOC welcomes potential candidate cities to present a project that fits their sporting, economic, social and environmental long-term planning needs. It also gives the cities an opportunity to receive information and advice from the IOC on how best to achieve such legacies.

The IOC President informed the Hungarian Prime Minster of his visit a day earlier to the UN headquarters in New York, where he called for sport to play a greater role as a force for positive change. During his speech, President Bach urged UN Member States to include sport in the future development agenda SDGs, scheduled to be finalised in September this year. President Bach praised the strong role of sport in education in Hungary.

On Tuesday, the Hungarian Prime Minister oversaw the signing of the official agreement between the International Swimming Federation (FINA) and the city of Budapest to host the FINA World Championships and World Masters Championships in 2017.  

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