IOC President visits Guam

Guam National Olympic Committee (GNOC) President and ONOC Secretary General Rick Blas welcomed Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, in Guam on May 10-11. Rick Blas, Guam National Olympic Committee President, says Bach met with our stakeholders, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero, Guam’s national teams, future athletes and tour GNOC and sports facilities while on island.

Guam Governor Lou Leon Guerrero presents token of appreciation to Thomas Bach, President, International Olympic Committee. Image Credit: Joey Miranda, GNOC
We are thrilled that IOC President Bach will be visiting us on Guam,” said Blas. “For someone of his stature in the Olympic realm to spend time with our athletes is very inspiring,” the GNOC president added.

"President Bach will also toured GNOC facilities, and met with GNOC Athlete’s Commission athletes on Saturday before he and his party depart for Hong Kong," said Blas, President GNOC.

IOC President with Guam Basketball - Image Credit: Joey Miranda, GNOC

Whilst in Guam, a dinner reception was held in Bach’s honor at the Dusit Thani Hotel. Presidents of Guam’s sports federations, members of the community and key sponsors will be in attendance, as well as Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero and Lt. Gov. Josh Tenorio.

In 1987 the first visit of the International Olympic President (then Juan Antonio Samaranch) to welcome Guam to the Olympic Family and made three subsequent visits after that.

Sources: Pacific Daily News, Guam Daily News, Guam National Olympic Committee