“We are with you with our hearts, with our thoughts every day”
IOC President Thomas Bach visited Kyiv on July 3, 2022.
He met around 100 athletes from the Ukrainian team at the Olympic Training Centre, and listened to their first-hand accounts of their experiences of training and competing in extremely difficult conditions.
Speaking to them at the Training Centre, President Bach said: “We want to show the solidarity of the Olympic Movement with our friends here in the Ukrainian Olympic Community because we know that you are living very difficult moments, and we want not only to tell you, we want to show you, we want to reassure you that you are never alone with the Olympic Community. We are with you with our hearts, with our thoughts every day, and we want to support you to make your Olympic dreams come true.”
Later Thomas Bach held hour-long talks with the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy.