- 29 Nov 2014
- IOC News
IOC President in Dakar for the Summit of the French-speaking world
With only a few days until the opening in Monaco of the IOC Session, which is preparing to approve Olympic Agenda 2020 – the roadmap that will define the future of the Olympic Movement – IOC President Thomas Bach arrived in Dakar (Senegal), where the XV Summit of the French-speaking world opens today. It is the first time that an IOC President – as the only guest among some 40 heads of state and government – has attended this Summit, which is held every two years.
In parallel to the Summit, the IOC President will meet a number of heads of state and government present in Dakar in order to discuss the role that sport can play in society and the importance of the Olympic Movement in shaping an active youth and building lasting peace. The President will reaffirm the need for the IOC to maintain its independence while at the same time ensuring a continuous dialogue with the world's political leaders.
The President will take advantage of the event to award the highest Olympic distinction, the Olympic Order in gold, to the former President of the Republic of Senegal and current Secretary General of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), Abdou Diouf, who is nearing the end of his term of office. The President praised the work and commitment of Mr Diouf in promoting the French language within Olympism.
The XV Summit of the French-speaking world is taking place on Saturday and Sunday in the Senegalese capital, and will conclude with the election of a new Secretary General of the OIF.