Olympics: Bach to make 1st trip to Sochi as IOC president
LONDON (AP) - Thomas Bach will make his first trip to Sochi as International Olympic Committee (IOC) president later this month, visiting the Russian city that will host the 2014 Winter Olympics in February.
The IOC tells The Associated Press that Bach will attend the Sport and Environment Conference in Sochi from Oct 30 to Nov 1, a trip that will give him the chance to check up firsthand on preparations for the games and hold talks with Russian organisers and government officials.
Bach singled out Sochi as a top priority after his election last month as IOC president.
Within minutes of the Sept 10 vote in Buenos Aires, Bach received a phone call from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who promised to collaborate closely with the IOC to ensure the success of the games.