International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach met Palauan athletes yesterday.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach arrived in Palau yesterday, May 9, as part of his Pacific visit.

Bach,who is here from Germany for a short two-day visit which will end today, April 10,was welcomed by the Palau National Olympic Committee (PNOC)President Frank Kyota and PNOC Secretary General and IOC member Baklai Temengil along with sports leaders and athletes at the Palau International Airport.

Bach also met President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. at a reception held in the Palau Pacific Resort (PPR) yesterday evening.

Bach will be welcomed at a Congressional Joint Session at the National Capitol in Ngerulmud today, May 10, where he is expected to give a speech.

The IOC president will also visit Palau World Heritage site, the Rock Island Southern Lagoon, before departing the country to Guam to continue his Pacific visit.

Bach, who is a former foil fencer who competed for West Germany, was elected to an eight-year term as IOC President at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires on 10 September 2013.

He won a team gold medal in the 1976 Summer Olympics and a silver, gold, and bronze team medals in the 1973, 1977 and 1979 world championships. He is the ninth president of the IOC and a former member of the German Olympic Sports Confederation Executive Board. (PR)