IOC president in Barbados
International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach is in Barbados for the first time.
Bach, the head of a nine-member delegation, arrived in the island at 6:05 p.m. yesterday via a private jet.
He was met by several senior dignitaries from the Barbados Olympic Association (BOA) including president Sandra Osborne, secretary general Erskine Simmons and vice president Cameron Burke and IOC member Sir Austin Sealy.
After leaving the tarmac at the Grantley Adams International Airport, he entered the Pelican Suite at the National Jet Centre where he posed for pictures with media.
Bach gave a short address on his arrival, while flanked by Osborne and Sealy.
“Sport is contributing to an inclusive society. Sport is giving an example of good governance and contributing to the realisation of UN (United Nations) sustainable development goals so it will be a great visit I’m sure of, more I can tell you after I have seen something.”
The IOC delegation will meet Barbados’ President The Most Honourable Sandra Mason and Prime Minister Mia Mottley in a private courtesy call this morning before engaging in a tour of the BOA headquarters and the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex.
A media huddle and cocktail reception will follow with attendance from Government representatives. (RW)