Bach visited Ukrainian athletes in Switzerland to guarantee their help


The President of the IOC, German Thomas Bach, visited a group of Ukrainian athletes living and training in Switzerland to guarantee their continued support of the Olympic Movement for the duration of the war in their country, and also at its end to put their sporting structures back on their feet.

During his visit to the UCI World Cycling Center, Bach was accompanied by Ukrainian Minister of Youth and Sports, Vadym Guttsaitand the president of the Ukrainian Olympic Committee, the expert Sergey Bubka.

The IOC has created a solidarity fund for Ukraine to which it has contributed one million dollars. Of the donations received from other parties, the bag has exceeded two million and has already been distributed.

The goal is for Ukrainian athletes to continue participation in international competitions. It is not only about financial assistance, but also logistical support, travel support, provision of training facilities, accommodation, equipment and uniforms, among other things.

Bubka and Guttsait toured various training centers in Switzerland over Easter and Bach accompanied them to UCI headquarters, where they attended BMX and track cycling training sessions and met 30 athletes. Three of them train regularly there, but 27 more have been evacuated by Swiss cycling.

It is touching to meet and listen to Ukrainian athletes affected by the gruesome war in their country. There are dozens of cyclists and hundreds of Ukrainians from other sports who can continue participating in international competitions thanks to the help of the IOC and many stakeholders in the Olympic Movement, such as the UCI. I want to thank them all, ”the IOC president said.

The Ukrainian minister informed Bach about the Ukrainian proposal to players in the sports sector to become patrons of the resurgence of sports clubs and infrastructure in Ukraine after the war.

This is a great initiative. The IOC fully supports this projectBach said. “The IOC’s support for the Ukrainian Olympic community will continue. We offer to coordinate this initiative with the Olympic community around the world.”

Source: La Verdad


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