- 02 Apr 2014
- IOC News
President Bach finishes Gulf tour with informal visit to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach wrapped up his short tour of Gulf States with an informal visit to Saudi Arabia.
President Bach held talks with IOC member in Saudi Arabia and National Olympic Committee President His Royal Highness Prince Nawaf Faisal Fahd Bin Abdulaziz. They discussed a number of issues relating to the future development of sport and presented a strategy for sports development in the Kingdom until the year 2020.
President Bach promised full support for the plan, which also included proposals to increase women's participation in the Olympic Games and in sport in general.
The NOC hopes to increase participation at the Games in Rio by introducing better training, particularly at the university level.
President Bach showed his support by offering to work with the International Federations to draft a programme and to help with the goal of raising awareness in the Kingdom of the full range of Olympic sports.
The visit to Saudi Arabia was part of a four-day visit to the region that also included Kuwait and Qatar.