IOC President Thomas Bach spoke at the General Assembly of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) in Da Nang Vietnam this weekend.
The President praised the Asian National Olympic Committees for their great success at the Olympic Games Rio 2106. "Asia is going from strength to strength," he said. He noted that five NOCs had won a first gold medal: Bahrain, Jordan, Tajikistan, Singapore and Vietnam.
Also at the General Assembly was IOC Member Sheikh Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, President of the OCA and of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC). IOC Member Gunilla Lindberg, who is also Secretary General of ANOC, gave a presentation on ANOC’s activities. A number of other IOC Members were present, including IOC Vice-President John Coates.
Earlier, the IOC President, accompanied by Sheikh Al-Fahad Al-Sabah and IOC Vice-President John Coates, met with the Vietnamese Prime Minister ahead of the opening of the Asian Beach Games being held in the Vietnamese coastal city.
Coinciding with the OCA General Assembly, the President attended the opening ceremony of the Asian Beach Games accompanied by Sheikh Al-Sabah. Later, the President attended the Beach Games, watching competitions in two combat sports, ju-jitsu and muaythai.