PUTIN AND PENG
Russia’s Vladimir Putin was expected to fulfill with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday for bilateral talks on vitality and commerce earlier than consuming lunch collectively after which attending the opening ceremony.
Putin, in an interview with China’s state media forward of his arrival, mentioned he was most wanting ahead to watching hockey and alpine snowboarding, however apprehensive he wouldn’t have the time to see all the pieces he needed.
“There is no doubt that the hockey matches at the Olympics will, as always, be exciting and memorable. We are looking forward to seeing some fine play,” he mentioned.
“I like biathlon and figure skating, where our athletes have traditionally been very strong. I enjoy watching competitions in ski flying but, for lack of time, can only do it on TV.”
Putin will be a part of Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman, Pakistan’s Imran Khan and the United Arab Emirates’ Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyhan on the Games. From Europe, solely Poland and Serbia have mentioned they’ll ship their heads of state.
Foreign dignitaries and Xi will stay exterior the bubble, even on the opening ceremony.
Bach mentioned Peng has requested to have the assembly inside the closed-loop. He didn’t give a date for the assembly.
The IOC has held a number of video calls with Peng however needed a face-to-face assembly throughout the Feb 4 to Feb 20 Games.
“We know from her explanations … that she is living in Beijing, that she can move freely, spending time with family and friends,” Bach mentioned.
“Now we will be able to do the next step in a personal meeting to convince us in person of her well-being and state of mind.”
“If she wants to have an inquiry we would also support her in this. But it’s her life, it’s her allegations,” Bach mentioned.