12 February 2014
Alexander Zhukov greeted the IOC members at the official reception of the ROC
On Wednesday, February 12, in Sochi an official reception of the Russian Olympic Committee was held. Alexander Zhukov, the head of the ROC, acting as host of the receprion, welcomed the members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The meeting, organized by the Olympic Committee, was attended by IOC President Thomas Bach, IOC Honorary President Jacques Rogge, WADA president Craig Reedie, President of the European Olympic Committees Patrick Hickey, Honorary President of the ROC Vitaly Smirnov, as well as members of the IOC Shamil Tarpischev, Alexander Popov and many others.
First of all, Alexander Zhukov, thanked everyone for their assistance and participation in the preparation of the XXII Olympic Winter Games , because it is the close communication and strong relationship between the Russian Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee that helped us keep the promises made in Guatemala in 2007.
“The Olympic movement in our country has a bright remarkable story, and great athletes have become the idols for many generations. Implementing the Sochi-2014 project, we wanted the guests from around the world to see a country with age-old traditions in all its diversity, the country looking to the future” , – said the head of the ROC.
“I hope you will fully enjoy the results of our work and evaluate the traditional Russian hospitality”, – said Alexander Zhukov.