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16 Jun 2015
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IOC President Thomas Bach visits athletes and National Olympic Committee in Tajikistan

IOC President Thomas Bach moved on to Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on Monday to meet the National Olympic Committee (NOC) and Olympians in Dushanbe, the country’s capital.

The President, accompanied by the President of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, began the day with a visit to President Emomali Rahmon of Tajikistan, who is also the President of the NOC.

The pair discussed all aspects of sport and the contribution it can make to a better society.

After the meeting, President Bach said that both leaders had agreed that “sport must play an important role in education.”

“Sport instils the values of self-respect and respect for others, it can unite society and it can help in nation-building,” he said.

The Tajikistani President offered his strong support for the IOC’s efforts to protect the clean athletes and particularly the zero-tolerance policy towards doping.

President Bach and President Sheikh Al-Sabah said that they would strengthen their support to the Tajikistani athletes.

The leaders also agreed on the importance of introducing the value of sport into the political declaration accompanying the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Later in the day, the President visited the headquarters of the NOC and newly refurbished medical facilities for the athletes. He also met Mavzuna Chorieva, who became the first woman to win an Olympic medal for Tajikistan when she won a bronze medal at the Olympic Games in London in 2012 in the lightweight boxing event.

She told the President how much she was looking forward to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year and to taking part in the upcoming qualification at the World Championships.

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