Special Olympics Welcomes New IOC President
“On behalf of the entire Special Olympics Movement, I congratulate Dr. Thomas Bach on becoming the new
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President. We are thrilled for him on his appointment to this hugely
important position. Dr. Bach has been a dedicated supporter for many years of our Special Olympics Germany Program
and he was instrumental in making Special Olympics Germany a full member of the German Olympics Sports Association.
We look forward to a future of collaboration with President Bach as we continue to build sports for all and
instill the Olympic ideals and values throughout the world.
We sincerely thank former IOC President Jacques Rogge for his friendship and support and we are truly
excited he has agreed to become Honorary Chair of the 2014 Special Olympics European Games.”
Timothy P. Shriver, Chairman & CEO Special Olympics
Senior Manager, Media and Public Awareness Special Olympics Europe Eurasia