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26 Jun 2015
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IOC President takes part in festivities marking the IOC’s 100 years in Lausanne

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach helped kick off a weekend of activities organised in celebration of the IOC’s 100th year in Lausanne by taking part in a Centenary Walk and Run. 


The 11.5km race and 5km walk highlighted the century of shared history between the IOC and the Olympic Capital by taking in various Olympic landmarks en route, including The Olympic Museum, the IOC headquarters, the former IOC headquarters at Casino Montbenon, and the offices of modern Olympic Movement founder Pierre de Coubertin at Villa Mon-Repos.


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Hundreds of people of all ages and abilities joined President Bach in walking from The Olympic Museum to the Pierre-de-Coubertin Stadium. The run and walk attracted over 1,500 participants in total.


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After arriving at the Stadium, the IOC President and representatives of the city government spoke of the strong ties and history that have bound the IOC and city of Lausanne since 1915. Addressing the crowd, President Bach said: “This Centenary Race and Walk have been outstanding. They have celebrated Olympic Day and the humanist values of sport. They have also celebrated a century of joint history between your city – the Olympic Capital – and the IOC. The presence of so many of you shows that Lausanne is perhaps the most sports-loving city in the world, thanks also to you, its inhabitants. Sport is what brings us together this evening in this Stadium, which bears the name of the man who established the IOC here one century ago’. 

 
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The speeches were followed by a fireworks display.

 
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On Saturday, President Bach will greet visitors at the IOC headquarters, which will be open to the general public during the weekend. Also open for free viewings this weekend are The Olympic Museum, a temporary exhibit on the history of the IOC and Lausanne on a boat near The Olympic Museum, the International House of Sport, Casino Montbenon, and the Villa Mon-Repos.

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