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18 Dec 2013
IOC News

IOC President meets HRH Prince of Asturias, Spanish Prime Minister

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach today visited His Royal Highness the Prince of Asturias before meeting Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy at his official residence in Madrid.

President Bach and Prime Minister Rajoy discussed the very important role that Spanish sport and Spanish athletes play in the sports world. President Bach told the Spanish Prime Minister how well received the Madrid 2020 bid had been, and told him it showed great potential for future development. The pair also discussed the positive preparations for the upcoming Games in Sochi.

Accompanying the President during his meetings was Spanish Olympic Committee President Alejandro Blanco. They were joined in their meeting with Prime Minister Rajoy by IOC members in Spain Juan Antonio Samaranch, Marisol Casado and José Perurena.

Earlier in the day, President Bach met with the heads of Spanish-speaking National Olympic Committees, who presented a joint programme for higher education. 

President Bach also visited the Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) company, which is headquartered in Madrid. There, he was given the latest positive news on preparations for Sochi. Future plans for a potential Olympic TV channel were also discussed.

Earlier, he met with a group of Spanish research scientists, who gave a presentation on potential new anti-doping methods for the identification of prohibited substances.

In the evening, during its annual gala, the Spanish Olympic Committee gave awards to athletes and other prominent members of the sports world.

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