- 13 Jun 2015
- IOC News
IOC President meets athletes - sees first competitions, after attending spectacular European Games opening ceremony
President Bach attended the first competitions on the opening day of the European Games in Baku. During the day he met athletes from shooting, triathlon, karate and wrestling.
President Bach began the day by visiting the brand new Baku shooting centre, which will go on to host the ISSF World Cup next year and the European Championships the year after. The President went on to see the Women's Triathlon. After the competition, he met the winner and London 2012 gold medallist, Swiss athlete Nicola Spirig.
Later the President also visited Karate and Wrestling.
The packed day of competition followed the opening ceremony, which included a surprise appearance by Lady Gaga.
"This was a spectacular opening ceremony full of symbolism and history. It showed how sport can unite people and build bridges," he said.
"We saw Russian athletes marching alongside Ukrainians. We saw Serbian and Kosovan teams marching at the opening ceremony, and we saw an Armenian team alongside their hosts from Azerbaijan. This is the power of sport to bring people together regardless of background, belief or nationality. This is something that sport can do, and maybe something that only sport can do," he added.