IOC President Thomas Bach arrives in Sochi
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has just landed in Sochi where the 2014 Olympic Winter Games are due to take place from 7 to 23 February. Upon his arrival, President Bach was greeted by Sochi 2014 Organising Committee President Dmitry Chernyshenko and President of the Russian Olympic Committee and IOC Member Alexander Zhukov, together with a dozen volunteers coming from all parts of Russia and abroad to support the staging of the Games.
When asked about his expectations for the Games, President Bach said: ‘It will be great Games for the athletes. They will have state of the art sports facilities. Most of them will be able to walk from their beds to the competition venues. They are very excited about it. I had the opportunity to speak to some of them during the flight and they are all looking forward to the beginning of the Games’.
President Bach will chair a series of meetings in the coming days including the IOC Executive Board (2 February) and the 126th IOC Session (4-6 February) where he will lead the whole IOC membership in addressing a number of important items and take key orientations that will shape the future of the Olympic Movement.