During the 4th annual Technical Commission Meeting in Ufa, Russia from August 14-20, 2014, ICG Vice President Igor Topole, Secretary General Richard Smith and Technical Commission Chairman Zlatko Kauran, had the honor of meeting the President of the Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia, Mr. Rustem Khamitov.

The purpose of the meeting was to bring a letter from ICG President Torsten Rasch stating his approval of the offer from Ufa, Russia to host Summer Games in 2019.

President Khaminov stated that this would be positively discussed in the very near future and the ICG would receive an answer very soon. Also attending the meeting were Irek I. Yalalov, Mayor of the City of Ufa and the Minister of Sports for the Republic of Bashkortostan, Andre Ivanyuta.

The meeting ended after 30 min. with very friendly "do svidaniya" as seen in the picture.

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The Meeting of the Technical Commission (TC) was very successful in the future planning of the operation of the TC, especially for Lake Macquarie (Summer Games 2014), Alkmaar (Summer Games 2015) and Innsbruck (Winter Games 2016). Attending were Igor Topole, Zlatko Kuran, Avi Benbenisti, Anatoliy Kolomoyets, Ladislav Pepelnik, Hugh Waters, Andrey Krivosheev (who expressed his interest to help with the TC) and Richard Smith.

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