The friendship between the People’s Republic of China and Thomas Bach is literally carved in stone. Just last week, a 72-cm stone bust depicting the likeness of the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was erected in the Dongsi Olympic Community Park, just north of the Forbidden City. The face of the former world-class fencer, who is responsible for bringing the Winter Olympics (Feb. 4-20) to Beijing, joins existing statues of some of his predecessors in office. Among them, Juan Antonio Samaranch and Jacques Rogge, who brought the 2008 Summer Games to Beijing.
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