Thomas Bach wel­comes Iran’s NOC Pres­i­dent Salehi Amiri

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TEHRAN — Reza Salehi Amiri, Pres­i­dent of Iran’s Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (NOC), was warmly re­ceived by In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (IOC) Pres­i­dent Thomas Bach at the IOC head­quar­ters in Lau­sanne, Switzer­land.

In the meet­ing, Bach praised the rise of women’s sport in Iran and ex­pressed de­light at the in­volve­ment of young peo­ple in sports.

Bach also pointed to his trip to Iran. “In my home, I have four pho­tos from Is­fa­han that re­mind me of Iran’s cul­ture and civ­i­liza­tion.”

The IOC Pres­i­dent fur­ther said that the meet­ing would help au­thor­i­ties make bet­ter de­ci­sions about com­mon is­sues be­tween the two com­mit­tees. “We can im­prove our un­der­stand­ing of each other’s con­di­tions as well.”

The Ger­man pres­i­dent of IOC ex­pressed hope in Iran’s fu­ture move­ment in sports, say­ing, “Sports have had pos­i­tive im­pact on your so­ci­ety in re­cent years. Our goal is to pro­mote knowl­edge and en­thu­si­asm among the younger gen­er­a­tion in your so­ci­ety.”

Prais­ing fe­male ath­letes in Iran in re­cent years, Bach added, “With the sup­port of the Min­istry of Youth Af­fairs and Sports, Ira­nian women are al­lowed to take part in the in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions. Your women played a key role in Iran’s ac­com­plish­ment at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, In­done­sia.”

On the U.S. sanc­tions regime on Iran, Bach re­as­sured that the IOC would stand by the na­tion of Iran as “the phi­los­o­phy of sport is the pro­mo­tion of world peace.”

“We will not sup­port those who want to harm Iran and will stay loyal to the goal of Olympic Move­ment in or­der to sup­port na­tional com­mit­tees,” he stated.

In his clos­ing re­marks, Bach held out hope to meet Ira­nian Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani.

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