POSTED: October 30th 2013

IOC President Bach visits Russian International Olympic University

IOC President Thomas Bach addresses students and faculty members at RIOU in Sochi / RIOU
IOC President Thomas Bach addresses students and faculty members at RIOU in Sochi / RIOU

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach took a tour of the Russian International Olympic University Wednesday, led by University Rector Lev Belousov.

Bach praised the Master of Sport Administration course and gave a speech to the MSA students. He also took questions regarding his IOC presidency plans and the Olympic Movement’s future.

“The Russian International Olympic University is a great legacy project of Sochi 2014, so I am delighted that on my first visit to Sochi as president to the IOC, I was able to meet with its dedicated teaching staff and speak with its talented students who will shape the future of the Olympic Movement,” Bach said.

“The IOC fully supports RIOU in its endeavour to train the next generation of sports managers through its MSA course and I have no doubt that sports organisation from around the world will send students to Sochi in order to benefit from this excellent university.”

“I am delighted to welcome IOC President Bach to our Sochi campus to show him around our first-class facilities,” Belousov said. “Since RIOU formed in 2009, the IOC has offered us every support and I am pleased that we are now repaying this faith through our MSA course which draws on Olympic knowledge and industry expertise to provide a sports education of the highest standard.

“I am confident that, starting with our inaugural intake, RIOU will produce highly-qualified and technically-skilled managers for the Olympic Movement and the world’s sports industry.”

“Just over a month ago, RIOU formally became the curator of the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games archive,” Sochi 2014 Organising Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Dmitry Chernyshenko said. “This archive will store all the data built up by the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee since 2005 and, through RIOU, it will be transferred to future generations of students, scientist and sports managers from Russia and around the world.

“This was a key element of our vision for RIOU and I was there with IOC President Rogge when he laid the first foundation stone in 2010. It gives me great pride to know that the new IOC President has today visited the completed campus that will be supporting the Olympic Movement long after the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games have moved on to the next hosts.”

Keywords · Russian International Olympic University · RIOU · International Olympic Committee · Thomas Bach · Russia · Sochi 2014 · Sochi

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