30 Apr 2015

Olympic president to visit NZ

10:39 am on 30 April 2015

Bach will share his vision for the future of the Olympic Games with sports and athletes.

Since being elected IOC President in 2013 Bach has been involved in Agenda 2020, a plan for the future direction of the Games.

IOC president Thomas Bach.

IOC president Thomas Bach will visit New Zealand next week. Photo: Supplied / IOC

While here Bach will visit Auckland and Cambridge, including visits to rowing and cycling's high performance centres.

He will also speak to National Sporting Organisations and a forum on Agenda 2020, which Olympic rowers Mahe Drysdale and Rebecca Scown will attend along with track cyclist Sam Webster and triathlete Simon Ackerman.

The chief executive and secretary general of the New Zealand Olympic Committee Kereyn Smith says the IOC President's visit will benefit New Zealand sport.

"It's an opportunity to not only hear first-hand how New Zealand can be best positioned ahead of changes in the Olympic Movement, but also to ensure that our voice is heard by the key decision-makers in international sport," said Smith.

Smith said that among the priorities for discussion with the IOC President would be possible changes to the Olympic programme, the future of the Youth Olympic Games, progress in Rio 2016 and strategies to ensure the ongoing relevance of the Olympic Games to young New Zealanders.

The last IOC President to visit New Zealand was President Jacques Rogge in 2011.