POSTED: March 31st 2015

IOC President Thomas Bach meets with Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Germany and China

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, Wang Yi, met with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Thomas Bach © IOC
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, Wang Yi, met with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Thomas Bach © IOC

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China, Wang Yi, met with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Thomas Bach, earlier this week at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The pair talked about the role of China within the Olympic Movement, along with the role that they play in sport. Yu Zaiqing, IOC Vice-President, and IOC Member in China, accompanied President Bach.

President Bach made sure to share his praise of the development of sport in China under the leadership of President Xi Jinping. President Bach has had the chance to meet with President Jinping on numerous occasions, since his election. Their most recent meeting took place, last summer, during the second edition of the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing.

"China has a real vision about the importance of sport for education, for social cohesion and for international representation," commented President Bach. 

He went on to add, "I would like to thank again President Xi for not only promoting the role of sport in China, but also for supporting the mention of sport within the sustainable development goals (SDGs) of the United Nations (UN)."

Over the next 15 years, UN Member States are expected to use the SDGs, which are a universal set of goals and targets, to frame their political policies and agendas. Some of the goals that were proposed included: achieving gender equality, while empowering all women and girls; ensuring equitable and inclusive quality education; promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all; promoting well-being for all; and ensuring healthy lives.

A discussion about Beijing's bid to host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games took place during the meeting. The IOC Evaluation Commission performed a site inspection of the Chinese capital last week. Minister Wang restated the full support of the Chinese government for the bid, and assured President Bach that all the commitments that are made during the bidding phase will be implemented.

In addition, IOC President Bach met with Sergey Lavrov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, earlier in the day. Minister Lavrov was informed by Bach about his approaching visit to Sochi, which will happen at the end of April. Also discussed at the meeting was Russia's active contribution to the UN SDGs.

During the weekend, President Bach was able to meet with Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany. The two were able to touch upon the 2024 bidding procedure at their informal meeting. During their talks, President Bach was able to discuss the recent success of the Invitation Phase that allows those cities, interested in bidding for an Olympic Games, the chance to seek advice and discuss their plans with the IOC. Thus, increasing the dialogue between the IOC and potential bid cities, which was one of the evolutions prompted by the reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020. Minister Steinmeier and President Bach were also able to talk about the cooperation with the UN and other related issues.

All the Ministers are gathered in Lausanne for negotiations pertaining to Iran's nuclear program. For this occasion, the IOC agreed with the Swiss Government to host a press center at the Olympic Museum, while the talks are taking place. 

** 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

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