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President Bach completes East Asian tour in Seoul

21 Nov 2013
Seoul, Korea: IOC President Thomas Bach completed his four-city Asian tour on Thursday, meeting with Republic of Korea President Park Geun-Hye at the presidential residence, the Blue House.

President Bach thanked the Korean President for her strong support for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. 

President Park underlined her government’s continued backing of the Games, and emphasised the importance of sport in society and its educational role in Korean society. The Korean President added that she was strongly supportive of the IOC's fight against doping and zero-tolerance policy on drugs. She also expressed interest in learning more about the IOC Athlete Career Programme, which helps athletes develop dual careers and hone skills for working life after competition. 

Earlier, President Bach attended a lunch hosted by Korean Olympic Committee President Kim Jung-Haeng and met a dozen Korean athletes and Olympic medallists. This followed a meeting with staff at the PyeongChang 2018 offices in Seoul. 

Accompanied by IOC Coordination Commission Chairwoman Gunilla Lindberg and Korean IOC member Moon Dae-Sung, President Bach heard progress reports from the PyeongChang Organising Committee (POCOG) President and CEO, Kim Jin-Sun. 

President Bach later addressed the POCOG staff, telling them that with the handover of the Olympic flag at the Sochi Olympic Winter Games in February, the spotlight would soon be on them as the next hosts of the Games. He added that each of them would play an important role in welcoming the world.

The IOC President had called at Nanjing, Beijing and Tokyo during his East Asia tour.

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