LONDON (AP) — Thomas Bach will make his first trip to Sochi as IOC president later this month, visiting the Russian city that will host the 2014 Winter Olympics in February.
Bach will attend the Sport and Environment Conference in Sochi from Oct. 30-Nov. 1, the IOC told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
The trip will give him the chance to check up firsthand on preparations for the games and hold talks with Russian organizers and government officials.
Bach singled out Sochi as a top priority after his election last month as International Olympic Committee president.
Within minutes of the Sept. 10 vote in Buenos Aires, Bach received a phone call from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who promised to collaborate closely with the IOC to ensure the success of the games.
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