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13 Sep 2014
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IOC President in Bucharest to celebrate 100 years of the Romanian Olympic Committee

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach joined Romanian Olympians, members of the National Olympic Committee (NOC), and Romanian President Traian Băsescu for celebrations marking the centennial of the Romanian NOC in the country's capital.

The Centennial Gala honoured the athletes who wrote the Romanian history of the Olympic Games, with a total of 302 medals.

In a meeting with Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Saturday, the two leaders discussed the crucial role of sport in education. The Prime Minister, a huge sports fan and former basketball player, talked of the neglect of sport in schools and said it was crucial for future generations to invest in sport as part of the curriculum.

President Bach underlined the qualities that playing sport can bring to young people: self reliance, team spirit, and a sense of equality and universality.

The two leaders agreed that sport must be considered as an integral part of education -- not a distraction.

The President later visited the Romanian Olympic Committee headquarters. Accompanying President Bach were IOC Executive Board member Patrick Hickey, IOC member in Romania Octavian Morariu, Romanian NOC President Alin Petrache and NOC Secretary General Ioan Dobrescu.

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