IOC President visits Liechtenstein
President Bach paid a visit to the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Liechtenstein today. During the visit in Vaduz, the President held a meeting with the Prime Minister and Sports Minister.
They discussed the great success of the country's team, particularly in the Olympic Winter Games, where Liechtenstein is the smallest country to have won an Olympic medal. They also discussed the IOC's support programme for refugees. President Bach then had the chance to meet some of the Principality's Olympians, in particular the country’s most successful athlete, Hanni Wenzel, who has four Olympic medals to her name.
At a reception, he presented the NOC President with the IOC President's Trophy. The IOC member in Liechtenstein, Princess Nora, was also present.
Later, the President visited the State Museum, where a special exhibition about the Olympic Games is being held.
Before leaving the Principality, President Bach visited Baron Eduard von Falz-Fein, who is 104 years old. The Baron founded the National Olympic Committee of Liechtenstein and ensured that a team competed in both the Games of the Olympiad and the Olympic Winter Games in 1936.
He subsequently attended almost every edition of the Olympic Games, holding positions in the NOC and in the International Luge Federation (FIL). President Bach presented him with the Pierre de Coubertin Medal in recognition of his long service to the Olympic Movement.