International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach will give a speech at the International Gymnastics Federation’s (FIG) key Congress here next week, it has been confirmed.
Bach will address delegates during the Congress, due to run from October 18 to 20, which has been described as a “turning point” for the federation by the FIG.
World gymnastics’ governing body will elect a new President for the first time since 1996 as Italian Bruno Grandi’s 20-year reign at the helm of the organisation comes to an end.
Grandi will be replaced by either European Gymnastics Federation (UEG) head Georges Guelzec or Japanese Gymnastics Association secretary general Morinari Watanabe, who is also a member of the FIG Executive Committee.
The winner, who will be elected on Wednesday (October 19), will become just the ninth President of the governing body since it was established in 1881.
Agenda 2020, dubbed the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement and is the brainchild of Bach, will also feature heavily at the Congress as the FIG’s electorate will vote to bring their governance in line with the reform process.
Speaking at the Congress is one of a number of scheduled appearances by Bach in the Japanese capital next week as he is also set for talks with Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike following claims that the budget for the 2020 Games could balloon to four times its original estimate.
A report commissioned by Koike and published late last month by a Tokyo Metropolitan Government Task Force suggested three proposed venues be moved in order to avoid substantial increases for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.
Organisers have since claimed, however, that switching the planned rowing and canoe sprint facilities 400 kilometres away from Tokyo risks increasing rather than reducing costs.
Bach is also due to speak at the World Forum and Sports and Culture in Tokyo on October 20 alongside International Paralympic Committee counterpart Sir Philip Craven.
Sir Philip made headlines last week after he appeared to criticise the German when he fell victim to a prank phone call in Russia, which was posted online.