Praise has been pouring in for Thomas Bach after he was elected president of the International Olympic Committee. Bach is the first German and first Olympic champion to hold the post.
President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia will not prevent athletes from competing at the 2018 Winter Games under the Olympic flag. The statement came a day after the IOC banned the country over a doping scandal.
Russia is to analyze the decision to ban the country from the Olympics before reponding, according a Kremlin spokesman. Russia says its priority is now with its athletes, some of whom have already asked for leniency.
For the first time in 100 years, hosting rights for two Olympic Games could be announced at the same time. IOC chief Thomas Bach has said the 2024 and 2028 hosts will be revealed in September.
During a recent visit to Berlin, IOC President Thomas Bach called for the rights to host the 2024 and the 2028 Olympics to be awarded at the same time. Bach also said that the IOC needed to adjust to a new zeitgeist.
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