POSTED: December 10th 2013
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IOC chief Bach commemorates Mandela memorial with a moment of silence

The IOC Executive Board paused for a moment of silence today in memory of Nelson Mandela / IOC Ian Jones
The IOC Executive Board paused for a moment of silence today in memory of Nelson Mandela / IOC Ian Jones

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(SFC) International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach opened his first Executive Board meeting with the Executive Council of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) with a moment’s silence in order to honor the memorial service for Nelson Mandela going on in South Africa at the same time.

Bach noted, “While we have assembled here, the world is gathering in Johannesburg to honour Mr. Mandela.

“President Mandela was a hero of humanity and a great friend of the Olympic Movement.”

The leader of the Olympic Movement also has requested all the 204 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) to recognize on Sunday (15th) the day of Mandela’s funeral by flying their flags at half-mast.

This meeting with the top ANOC Council was to foster dialogue with the NOCS about the future of the Olympic Movement and to get their participation with his Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms.

Following the ANOC Meeting the IOC Executive Board convened with Bach chairing the meeting for the first time since getting elected IOC head on September 10, 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.






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