POSTED: February 5th 2015
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IOC President Thomas Bach winds up whirlwind United States trip at the UN

(L to R) IOC President talked to UN SG Ban Ki-moon about implementing the reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020 / IOC Ian Jones
(L to R) IOC President talked to UN SG Ban Ki-moon about implementing the reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020 / IOC Ian Jones

(L to R) Former US Secretary of State and IOC Honorary Member Henry Kissinger gave President Bach his perspective on global politics / IOC Ian Jones
(L to R) Former US Secretary of State and IOC Honorary Member Henry Kissinger gave President Bach his perspective on global politics / IOC Ian Jones

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Thomas Bach and his delegation carried out a multipoint tour of the United States winding up at the UN. He met with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and IOC Honorary Member and former US Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger.

Bach began his trip in New York, where he met with former U.S. President Bill Clinton. From there he traveled to Arizona to watch Super Bowl XLIX and talk with the National Football League (NFL) Commissioner, Roger Goodell. However American football won't be joining the Summer Olympic sports program anytime soon. It needs a more global attendance, but Bach said that Goodell didn't actually push for football's inclusion in the Games. Bach did enjoy watching the game between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks, which is America's signature elite level sporting event that reached approximately 114.4 million viewers nationally and also enjoys high level viewing around the world.

However, Bach wasn't done there, he went onto Beaver Creek, Colorado where he attended the International Ski Federation (FIS) World Alpine Ski Championships' first day of competition. He went on to finish with a visit to the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

During a reception held in Bach's honor, both the President and his delegation were able to meet with key members from both the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic movements. He was joined during the reception by USOC Chairman Larry Probst, USOC CEO Scott Blackman, former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Boston 2024 Chairman John Fish, IOC members Angela Ruggiero and Anita DeFrantz, along a host of other USOC leaders and National Governing Bodies.

Probst commented on Bach's visit, "The USOC remains committed to an act of partnership with the IOC and the opportunity to spend time with (Bach) this week has been incredibly constructive for our team."

**MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog www.thepenshockeyshow.com. 


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