SANTO DOMINGO.- The president of the Central American and Caribbean Sports Organization (CACSO), Luis Mejía Oviedo, said on Friday that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) more than ever must be united.
In his brief speech at the 136th IOC session, held virtually by the coronavirus pandemic, Mejía Oviedo highlighted the decision of the IOC president, Thomas Bach, to present himself to a new period at the head of the body in 2021.
“Very grateful for his decision to continue leading the movement in a united way. Today, more than ever, the IOC needs to be united, "said Mejía Oviedo during his intervention in the virtual session, the first of its kind carried out by the senior Olympic body.
In his introductory words, the also president of the Dominican Olympic Committee (COD), expressed his appreciation for being part of the session, in which members of the different countries affiliated to the IOC also participated.
"Thank you, President (Thomas Bach), let's move ahead," said Dominican Mejía Oviedo, words that the IOC chief executive repeated with a smile.
“These past few weeks many of you have asked me about next year's election for the presidency. I am grateful and deeply moved by the words of encouragement and confidence (…) If you, IOC members, want it, I am ready for a second term to continue serving you and the Olympic movement, which we love so much, for four more years ”Said Thomas Bach, 66, at the end of his speech, at the opening of the videoconference session from Lausanna, Switzerland.
Bach will therefore stand as a candidate at the IOC session scheduled for 2021 for a second and final four-year term.
The IOC's 136th session, which was held virtually for the first time, addressed the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Games and the election of new members, including the 1980 Moscow Javelin Champion, Cubas' María Caridad Colón and the president of the International Athletics Federation, Britains Sebastian Coe.
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