THE IOC PRESIDENT RECEIVED BY THE FEDERAL COUNCIL
Lausanne, 6 June 2001 - Today, at the Résidence du Lohn in Kehrsatz, near Bern, a delegation of the Swiss Federal Council composed of Federal Councillor Joseph Deiss, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, and Federal Councillor Samuel Schmid, Head of the Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports, received the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), whose term of office will end on 16 July next in Moscow.
On this occasion, the Federal Council representatives and former Federal Councillors Adolf Ogi, Flavio Cotti and Kurt Furgler paid tribute to the IOC President, recalling his unfailing loyalty to Switzerland where not only the IOC headquarters but also those of 22 Olympic and recognised International Federations are based. Swiss IOC members Marc Hodler, Denis Oswald and Gian-Franco Kasper were also present, together with other representatives of the Olympic Movement and Swiss sport.
Speaking about future relations between the Olympic Movement and Switzerland, the IOC President affirmed that “collaboration between the Olympic Movement and the Federal Council has always been excellent, and I sincerely hope that this will continue with the new IOC President who will be elected next month”.