POSTED: March 23rd 2015
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US Secretary of State Kerry welcomed to The Olympic Museum by IOC President Bach

US Secretary of State, John Kerry and IOC President, Thomas Bach / Olympic
US Secretary of State, John Kerry and IOC President, Thomas Bach / Olympic

President Bach gives Secretary Kerry a tour of The Olympic Museum / Olympic
President Bach gives Secretary Kerry a tour of The Olympic Museum / Olympic

Secretary Kerry receives a gift from President Bach / Olympic
Secretary Kerry receives a gift from President Bach / Olympic

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) United States Secretary of State, John Kerry visited The Olympic Museum in Lausanne, where he discussed the role of sport in society with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Thomas Bach.

During their discussion, it was stressed by the Secretary of State, that political differences must be pushed aside, keeping the doors open for Olympic sports to play an important part in reconciliation and understanding. President Bach responded by saying that the IOC must be politically neutral, without being apolitical, and that sport is never about building walls, but about building bridges. Agreeing with this, Secretary Kerry congratulated President Bach on Olympic Agenda 2020 approval. He went on to add that the newly approved reforms should prove as a benchmark to others, and that the IOC, and Olympic Agenda 2020, are leading sport into the future. The pair continued their talk into more detail on the sustainability of the Olympic Games, and the importance of sport in education.

At the end of their meeting, Secretary Kerry signed the Golden Book of Honor of the IOC. He wrote, "The Olympic Movement is so powerful and from my earliest days I have followed each Olympic year with a passion. This Movement transcends all politics and truly creates a sense of global possibility. Thank you for helping to break down barriers."

Then Secretary Kerry was given a tour of The Olympic Museum by President Bach, bringing out Secretary Kerry's love and knowledge of sport. He showed particular interest in displays on Olympic ceremonies and the Olympic Village.

Secretary Kerry, who is a passionate cyclist, enjoyed the many different models of bicycles, and added that his participation in sports has helped him fulfil his many duties. The Secretary of State was in Lausanne to negotiate with Mohammad Javad Zarif, his Iranian counterpart, on Tehran's nuclear program. Talks will resume next week.

"I want to first of all just thank Thomas Bach, the president of the IOC and himself an Olympic fencing champion from Montreal for the very special tour that I was able to have here of the Olympic Museum, which obviously means a lot to those of us from Boston because we've had a long history of Massachusetts athletes being involved in the Olympics and great memories, of course, of Lake Placid in 1980 and other times. So it's very special for me to have a chance to sort of review the history of my television watching and my passion for the Olympics. And we appreciate their hospitality, of course, for hosting all of you and making this the headquarters - the international headquarters for the press during the course of these negotiations," stated Secretary Kerry.

** 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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