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IOC President Bach welcomes words by French President Macron on the spirit of the Olympic Games


01 March 2024 – The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, has thanked French President Emmanuel Macron for his words on the spirit of the Olympic Games and their ability to unite the world in peace.

Speaking publicly yesterday during a tour of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Village, President Macron said: “I believe that sport should enable unity and reconciliation. The choice that has been made is one that we will collectively accept. We support Ukraine, and we have sanctioned Russia. Neutral athletes, under conditions of respectful conduct, must be able to pursue their work and their sport.”

President Bach said: “President Macron’s comments demonstrate once again the seamless cooperation between the IOC and the French authorities at the highest level, and I would like to express my deep gratitude for his strong engagement towards the success of the Olympic Games Paris 2024, working with the IOC in a relationship of mutual trust.”


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