IOC President Thomas Bach paid a visit to the Egyptian NOC

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In Cairo,  President Bach was welcomed by the President of the International Handball Federation (IHF), Hassan Moustafa, and by the President of the Egyptian NOC, Hesham Mohamed Hatab. Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) President and IOC member Mustapha Berraf also accompanied President Bach throughout the visit to Egypt. On arrival, together they met a number of Egyptian athletes, including members of the Egyptian Athletes’ Commission, led by its chair, Aya Medany, who is also a member of the IOC Athletes’ Commission.

The President visited the Egyptian International Olympic City, a new sporting complex with a stadium seating 90,000 people, training facilities, indoor sports halls and a range of sporting venues and facilities. Egyptian Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhy was present throughout the visit.

In a meeting with the President of the Republic of Egypt, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the Egyptian Head of State announced his country’s interest in hosting the Olympic Games 2036. President Bach welcomed the Egyptian announcement, particularly with the recent success of Egyptian athletes at the Olympic Games, doubling their medal haul; with the successful staging of a number of world championships and other international events; and with the recent sports infrastructure-building programme underway in the country.

He then visited the Egyptian NOC headquarters and Olympic Museum where, together with Hassan Moustafa and Mustapha Berraf, the President met members of the Executive Committee and National Federation Presidents in Egypt, and again had time to speak to a number of Egyptian athletes.