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Thomas Bach to Marius Vizer: I'll get back to you later

Thomas Bach keeps SportAccord head Vizer waiting on invitation for clear-the-air meeting

Thomas Bach to Marius Vizer: I'll get back to you later

LONDON (AP) -- IOC President Thomas Bach is in no hurry to take up Marius Vizer's invitation for a clear-the-air meeting.

Vizer, who heads the umbrella body SportAccord, wrote to Bach on Tuesday asking for a meeting to mend fences following his blistering attack on the International Olympic Committee in a speech in Sochi last month.

Bach replied to Vizer on Wednesday, saying he would need to discuss the matter with his executive board and the international federations.

He says: "I have the obligation to express the opinion of my organization rather than just a personal one."

Bach says he will get back to Vizer after the next IOC executive board meeting, which is scheduled for June 7-8 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

A copy of Bach's letter was obtained by The Associated Press.

Rowing, meanwhile, became the latest sport to cut ties with SportAccord in protest over Vizer's criticism.

Updated : 2021-09-18 10:58 GMT+08:00