Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee,
met in a press conference the media of the countries which participate in the Games.
Later, he visited the Olympic Park and watched the first competitions in the morning.
San Marino, 30th May 2017 – This morning, on Piazza della Libertà, Thomas Bach, IOC President, met in a press conference the representatives of the media of the nine countries which participate in the San Marino 2017 Games of the Small States of Europe.
Several journalists were present together with Marco Podeschi, the Secretary of State for Sport of the Republic of San Marino, and Gian Primo Giardi, the President of San Marino’s Olympic Committee.
Mr. Bach confirmed that the IOC will continue to support and help the countries as for the organization of the Games. “We saw the reasons for the great success of this kind of events”, said Mr. Bach, “during last night’s Opening Ceremony, that is the involvement of all athletes as well as of the Republic of San Marino and its people. It was beautiful to be there. I want to congratulate San Marino for organising an event which was able to match Olympic ones”.
Then, Mr. Bach added that the most important message of these Games is not where we come from, our gender, religion or political ideas. What really counts is athletes’ big heart and the passion they feel for sport as well as the atmosphere of friendship and respect you take in in such events. “‘Unity in Diversity’ is my motto and these nations perfectly embody this idea. For this reason, the IOC will continue to fund Olympic solidarity”.
Bach declared that during his mandate he wants to achieve the highest number of Olympic delegations awarded with medals and Tokyo 2020 is the goal.
Finally, IOC President wished all the best to Montenegro, which will host next edition of the Games. “I will do my best to be present at the Opening Ceremony on 30th May 2019”, said Bach. Then, he added jokingly: “I suppose that after watching yesterdays’ event, you must feel a little more nervous”. At the end of the press conference, before leaving, Mr. Bach visited the Olympic Park and watched some competitions taking place in the morning.