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While awarding the IOC President’s Trophy to the NOC and to Mr Blanco during a tour of the Olympic Museum of Barcelona, President Bach said: “The legacy and the tradition the Olympic Games Barcelona 1992 have left is important, but it is even more important to make further progress. The NOC of Spain, with their President Alejandro Blanco, are doing a great job in this respect. They are growing the legacy and the tradition and are ambitious to set new targets.”
In the past, Mr Blanco has also helped the IOC to resolve a number of sensitive issues in the sporting world, in particular in Central and South America.
During his visit to Barcelona, President Bach held official meetings with the Deputy Prime Minister of Spain, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, and also met the President of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont. He was accompanied by IOC Vice-President Juan Antonio Samaranch and Mr Blanco on both occasions.
Together with Mr Samaranch and his sister María Teresa Samaranch, President Bach laid a wreath with a ribbon in the colours of the Olympic rings at the tomb of former IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch.
While in Barcelona, President Bach awarded the Olympic Order to Leandro Negre, Olympian (1968) and President of the International Hockey Federation from 2008 to 2016. The speech was delivered by IOC Vice-President Samaranch in the presence of Mr Negre’s family and friends. The award ceremony took place in the Palace of the State Government of Catalonia.
The IOC President and his delegation also met with Josep Maria Bartomeu, President of F.C. Barcelona, who welcomed them for a lunch at the Camp Nou Stadium.