By International Olympic Committee | Dec. 30, 2013, 4:01 p.m. (ET)

IOC President Thomas Bach speaks during the meeting with NOC members at the Shilla on Nov. 21, 2013 in Seoul, South Korea.

Statement from President Thomas Bach that was issued today on the recent bombings in Volgograd, Russia: 

"This is a despicable attack on innocent people and the entire Olympic Movement joins me in utterly condemning this cowardly act. Our thoughts are with the loved ones of the victims.

I have personally written to the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, to express our condolences to the Russian people and our confidence in the Russian authorities to deliver safe and secure Games in Sochi. I am certain that everything will be done to ensure the security of the athletes and all the participants of the Olympic Games. 

Sadly terrorism is a global disease but it must never be allowed to triumph. The Olympic Games are about bringing people from all backgrounds and beliefs together to overcome our differences in a peaceful way. The many declarations of support and solidarity from the international community make me confident that this message of tolerance will also be delivered by the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi." 

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