IOC President exchanges with fellow Olympians at Olympic Village
Since arriving in Rio de Janeiro, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has been regularly checking in with his fellow Olympians to see how they are finding the Olympic Village and the conditions for training and competition.
An Olympic champion in fencing, President Bach knows a thing or two about the Olympic Games and what an athlete is looking for in order to perform at their best. To make sure that he continues to stay close to the athletes and their needs, Bach moved into the Olympic Village shortly after his arrival in the 2016 host city, and will try to stay there as often as he can during the Games.
An example of how the IOC President is making sure that the athletes’ experience remains a top priority could be seen today. After spending a night sleeping in his room in the Village, which is in the same building as the Refugee Olympic Team, the IOC President joined fellow Olympians, including the finalists of the women’s Rugby 7s, for breakfast in the athletes’ dining hall. Discussing what it was like competing in the Olympic Games, the IOC President asked the athletes about their experiences of living in the Village, along with the how they felt about competing at Rio 2016 and winning their gold and silver medals. The large number of smiles and positive comments underlined the great impression that the Carioca atmosphere was having on the Olympians of 2016.
President Bach then attended the daily Chefs de Mission meeting in order to understand the issues facing the athletes and officials, as well as to discuss topics of common interest with the National Olympic Committees’ Chefs de Mission.
The Village, which opened on 24 July, is expected to accommodate some 17,000 athletes and officials at its peak period.