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IOC president Thomas Bach already is circling the globe

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Thomas Bach, the new International Olympic Committee president, already has been circling the globe while beginning his mission to reshape the Olympic movement. The 59-year-old German visited Russia to inspect Sochi’s venues for next year’s Winter Games, South Korea to check on Pyeongchang’s preparations for 2018, and Japan to check in with the Tokyo organizers for the 2020 Summer Games. Bach will preside over a four-day retreat in Switzerland immediately after the executive board’s upcoming meeting. High on the list of topics are reforming the bid city process and making the Games program more flexible. Bach, meanwhile, has been urging potential contenders, notably the US, into the 2024 race. He also wants an entry from Paris for what would be its centennial hosting anniversary,

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