POSTED: November 20th 2013

Thomas Bach makes first visit to Korea to meet with POCOG, President Park and KOC

Thomas Bach has been at the helm of the IOC for a little over two months / IOC
Thomas Bach has been at the helm of the IOC for a little over two months / IOC

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) International Olympic Committee (IOC) head Thomas Bach will visit South Korea on his Asian tour to personally meet with the organizers of the 2018 winter Games, President Park Geun-hye, and the Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) as well.

Bach is touring the continent to visit future event organizers and was in Tokyo earlier to meet with the 2020 team as well as China for the Nanjing YOG in 2018. While in China he presented Chinese President Xi Jinping the Olympic Order in Gold, the highest award of the Olympic Movement.

He is accompanied to Korea by Christophe De Kepper, the director general of the IOC; Gilbert Felli, the IOC's executive director; and Gunilla Lindberg, the head of the IOC's Coordination Commission overseeing preparations for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

The IOC president will be in Korea for a two day visit and will get a briefing on the PyeongChang Olympic preparations and address the staff with a speech according to POCOG officials.

On Thursday he will attend a luncheon hosted by KOC President, Kim Jung-haeng, and meet with the local press as well.

Later in the day he will have a special meeting with President Geun-hye who will also be in office all during the lead up and staging of the Games in February 2018.

Following the meetings in Korea, Bach will travel to Rome to attend the European Olympic Committees (EOC) General Assembly for the first time as IOC President.

Keywords · IOC · Thomas Bach · PyeongChang 2018 · Park Geun Hye

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