5 November 2013
Olympic Summit in Lausanne
On November 3, Thomas Bach, the IOC President, gathered the leaders of the Olympic Movement at the Olympic Summit in Lausanne (Switzerland) to discuss the most pressing issues in the field of sports.
Mr. Bach is planning to achieve his ambitious goals in the next 8 years with the following people:
- Nawal El Moutawakel, Craig Reedie and John Coates, the IOC Vice-Presidents;
- Ching Kuo Wu and Patrick Hickey, Members of the IOC Executive Board and representatives of the International Federations and the National Olympic Committees;
- Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, President of the Association of National Olympic Committees and an IOC member who is a longtime associate of the IOC President;
- Francesco Ricci Bitti, President of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations and of the International Tennis Federation who participated in the Summit through videoconferencing;
- Rene Fasel, President of the Association of International Olympic Winter Federations, as well as an IOC member and the President of the International Ice Hockey Federation;
- Marius Vizer, SportAccord President and President of the International Judo Federation;
- Claudia Bokel, Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission and an IOC Executive Board member;
- Other leaders of the Federations and IOC members: Lamine Diack, President of the International Association of Athletics Federations, Sepp Blatter, FIFA President and Julio Cesar Maglione, President of the International Swimming Federation;
- And the leaders of the three most powerful National Olympic Committees – Alexandr Zhukov (Russia), Liu Peng (China) and Larry Probst (USA).
At the beginning of the meeting, Thomas Bach thanked the Russian Olympic Committee and the ANO “Organizing Committee “Sochi 2014” for the excellent organization of his visit to Sochi at the end of October and for success in the X World Conference on Sport and the Environment.
The higher echelons of the Olympic family gathered for an open discussion on such burning issues as the sports calendar oversaturation, the fight against doping, the fight against match-fixing and the autonomy of sport.
Alexandr Zhukov, the ROC President, took an active part in discussions on these issues, denoting their importance for Russia.