During a meeting at the Ukrainian President's residence, President Zelensky congratulated President Bach on the delivery of extremely safe and successful Olympic Games in Tokyo. They both noted the outstanding performance of Ukraine’s athletes, and President Zelensky thanked President Bach for the continuing long-term support for Ukrainian sport.
President Zelensky informed the IOC President that Ukraine is determined to become a host for the Olympic Winter Games, and that his country would therefore enter into the Dialogue Phase with the IOC and send a delegation to the IOC headquarters in Lausanne as soon as possible.
President Bach warmly welcomed the initiative, "given the great sports tradition of Ukraine, and after having seen a very impressive presentation of the most recent sports and sports infrastructure in the country".
The two leaders had earlier visited the newly opened Urban Sports Park in Kiev, part of plans to improve sporting facilities in the country. President Bach was also joined by the NOC President and Olympic champion, Sergey Bubka, who accompanied him throughout his visit, along with IOC member and Olympic champion Valeriy Borzov. He was also joined by Minister of Youth and Sports Vadim Gutsait, who was also an Olympic fencer and an Olympic champion.
On Saturday evening, a gala celebration was held in the presence of 200 Ukrainian Olympians, among them 116 Olympic medallists.
The following day, President Bach visited the Ukrainian Olympic sports centre, which is undergoing extensive renovations. At the centre he met many athletes, a number of whom are aiming for the Olympic Games Paris 2024.
Throughout his trip, President Bach had the chance to speak to a great many Ukrainian athletes and Olympians, many of whom thanked the IOC for making the Olympic Games in Tokyo happen.