President cements strong relationship with Alibaba in Hangzhou, China
IOC President Thomas Bach spent the day at the headquarters of Worldwide TOP Partner Alibaba on Friday.
The IOC President was welcomed by Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma at the Alibaba campus. Alibaba is the official “Cloud Services” and “E-Commerce Platform Services” Partner, as well as a Founding Partner of the Olympic Channel.
The global technology company, which became a Worldwide TOP Partner in January, became the first Worldwide TOP Partner to make a long-term commitment to the IOC through 2028 and the first Chinese company to commit to the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022.
After jointly unveiling a commemorative stone to mark the long-term partnership, the two leaders took questions at an hour long meeting with young workers at the company.
"We are very honoured to be part of the Olympic Family. We share the same vision," said Jack Ma. "The Olympic Movement is a great global platform and we want to get more young people involved. With the technology we have, with the young talent we have, we can make the Olympics more creative, more fun, more entertaining and more efficient.'
President Bach told Jack Ma that, "Alibaba is a partner sharing our vision to make all our lives happier and healthier; in our case through sport, in Alibaba's using technology. By working closely together, through sport enhanced by technology, then we can both make our dreams come true."
The Q and A from Alibaba's headquarters was live webcast and to mark the visit Alibaba ran an Olympic promotion on their TMall platform which attracted 300 million users.
Arriving in Hungzhou the day before, President Bach toured the impressive new sporting facilities in the city which will be used for the Asian Games in 2022.
Throughout the trip the President was accompanied by IOC Vice President Ziaqing Yu, IOC member Li Lingwei and honorary IOC member Timothy Fok.