Worldwide Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach will lastly get his White Home picture op.
Bach will meet with President Trump on the White Home on Thursday, lastly securing one thing that had eluded the IOC head throughout the Obama administration.
Whereas the assembly comes lower than three weeks earlier than the IOC is predicted to formalize a plan that doubtless will end in Los Angeles being awarded the 2028 Olympic Video games, town’s bid to host a 3rd Olympic Video games is not going to be the first matter of debate. As a substitute the casual assembly is a chance for the 2 males to get to know one another.
Neither Los Angeles 2024 bid chairman Casey Wasserman, chief govt Gene Sykes or Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will attend the assembly. The three U.S. IOC members — Larry Probst, Anita DeFrantz and Angela Ruggiero — will attend. Ruggiero, a former Olympic ice hockey participant, is LA 2024’s chief technique officer. DeFrantz is LA 2024’s senior advisor for legacy.
Bach, a former West German Olympic fencing champion, was invited to the White Home by then President-elect Trump throughout a phone dialog previous to his inauguration.
Bach has sought audiences with heads of state all through his almost four-year tenure as IOC president however was rebuffed by the Obama administration. Neither Obama, First Girl Michelle Obama nor Vice President Joe Biden attended the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi or the 2016 Summer time Video games in Rio de Janeiro, marking the primary time since 2000 U.S. president, first woman or vice chairman hasn’t attended the Video games.
Obama’s Sochi snub got here within the wake of his criticism of Russian anti-LBGTQ legal guidelines and the Putin regime granting asylum to Edward Snowden.
Bach in flip took thinly veiled photographs at Obama throughout his opening ceremony speech at Sochi, admonishing “the political leaders of the world” to “have the braveness to handle your disagreements in a peaceable, direct political dialogue and never on the backs of those athletes.”
Bach additionally didn’t criticize the number of skating champion Irina Rodnina as one of many athletes to gentle the Olympic cauldron in Sochi. Solely months earlier Rodnina, an in depth political ally of Russian president Vladimir Putin, had tweeted a racist picture of President Obama.