- 27 Jun 2015
- IOC News
Thomas Bach shows Lausanne citizens around the IOC
After valiantly taking part in the Centenary Run yesterday evening, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach today took on the role of tour guide at the IOC headquarters in Vidy. A chance for the President to meet the people of Lausanne and show them what the IOC is like inside.
“The idea behind this open day was to show the population how we work. We also wanted to welcome the people of Lausanne, as they have always given us a warm welcome. It’s a way of saying thank you”, the President explained.
In the space of two guided tours, the President showed around 50 enthusiastic visitors the meeting rooms, his favourite spot in the cafeteria and even his office, as well as telling them a number of humorous stories.
“For me, meeting people is important. I like to communicate; I like to learn. I’m always curious to know more and learn from other people. My schedule never allows me the time I need to have this dialogue with people. Events like this enable me to maintain contact,” the President added.
Lausanne is living to the rhythm of Olympism this weekend, to mark the 100 years of the IOC’s presence in the city. A whole range of free activities are being organised in emblematic locations around the city, including The Olympic Museum, the House of International Sport, the Casino de Montbenon and the Villa Mon-Repos.
Among other things, the IOC President paid a visit to the workshops organised at The Olympic Museum; attended a wrestling demonstration; ran 50 metres on the athletics track; and went to the Olympic Studies Centre, where numerous Olympic Movement archives and historic documents are stored. He then moved on to the Villa Mon-Repos for a visit and a photo session in what was once Pierre de Coubertin’s office.