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IOC President reflects on 'dynamic' Sochi Session

07 Feb 2014
Sochi, Russia: IOC President Thomas Bach described himself as "extremely happy" with the outcome of the 126th IOC Session, which ended on Friday afternoon in Sochi just hours before the opening ceremony of the 22nd Winter Olympics. Assessing the Session as "pretty successful", President Bach said there had been 210 interventions in one and a half days of discussions on his proposals to reform the Olympic movement.

"It was very dynamic, constructive and transparent; the atmosphere was extremely positive," he said at a press conference.

"I hope we can keep this spirit alive and the momentum through to the Extraordinary IOC Session in Monaco in December. It was an excellent start for the Olympic Agenda 2020."

Looking back on the last three days of IOC activities, President Bach said it had been a very emotional moment carrying the Olympic torch - "almost like getting on the Olympic podium."

Taking part in the relay along with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, he added, was "a very special moment in my Olympic life."

The IOC President confirmed a record number of NOCs in the Winter Olympics at 87, plus the athletes from the suspended Indian Olympic Association competing under the IOC flag.

"As always the IOC wants to make sure the athletes are not suffering from the mistakes the officials have made," he said, referring to the situation in India.

He described the TV coverage in more than 200 countries and territories and total broadcast hours of 75,000 as "an incredible figure, and even more than the Summer Games in 2008."
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