Sochi 2014: Great success, I like! IOC boss Thomas Bach joy at first Games
Sochi 2014: No question marks over Russia's Games for happy IOC president Thomas Bach in his first Olympics in charge
International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach has voiced his pleasure at the progress of the 2014 Sochi Games, declaring the competition a great success so far.
There were many question marks ahead of the games in Russia but Bach was always confident that Russia would successfully deliver.
The 60-year-old former Olympian, a fencing gold medallist at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, dismissed concerns of attendance at Saturday’s figure skating at the Iceberg Skating Palace.
I was always confident that these games would be a great success and we have always trusted our Russian partners and friends, now the world can see they have delivered
IOC president Thomas Bach
“I was always confident that these games would be a great success and we have always trusted our Russian partners and friends, now the world can see they have delivered,” said Bach.
The German acknowledged this is a common theme at all Olympics but highlighted the electric atmosphere of the men’s luge final on Sunday evening, where his 24-year-old compatriot Felix Loch bellowed with delight after defending his gold medal in style with a lightning quick fourth and final run.
Bach also voiced his displeasure of his anti-discrimination message being omitted from an American TV broadcast of the opening ceremony.
“We want to send with these games the message that you can live together under one roof in the Olympic village, without any form of discrimination whatsoever,” he reiterated.
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