- 17 Jun 2015
- IOC News
IOC President in Kyrgyzstan - meets National Olympic Committee and country's President
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach topped off a tour of central Asia with a visit to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan.
President Bach held talks with the Kyrgyz President, Almazbek Atambayev. They discussed sport and its contribution to the development of the country.
The IOC President said that sport can play an important role in reconciling, uniting and building the nation.
The Kyrgyz President agreed, saying that sport improved health and quality of life in addition to providing enjoyment.
President Bach promised support for Kyrgyz sport and athletes and said the IOC would look at ways of improving this support.
The leaders also discussed the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the Kyrgyz President offered his support to ensure sport was included in the political declaration of the SDGs when they are agreed in September.
Later the President went to the National Olympic Committee (NOC) headquarters and met young athletes in the process of qualifying for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year.
The President also met the new President of the NOC as well as the Secretary General, before attending a dinner with the country’s Prime Minister.
President Bach also attended a 2018 World Cup qualifying match between Kyrgyzstan and Australia.
The visit to Bishkek brings to and end a trip that began at the European Games in Baku before taking in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.