IOC chairman: "Her Majesty the only Head of State to declare two Olympics open"

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IOC chairman: "Her Majesty the only Head of State to declare two Olympics open"

The President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, paid tribute to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the IOC Executive Committee meeting. He told: "We have lost a great supporter of sport and the Olympic Movement.

His Majesty was the only Head of State to open two editions of the Olympic Games. As patron of the British Olympic Association, she provided valuable advice and help to the community Olympian. She was a horse enthusiast herself.

This pleasure in the sport and her wonderful sense of humor were clearly represented in her appearance at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, where her participation in the famous video sketch it will be fondly remembered by all who have seen it.

" The rules governing national mourning in the UK, through the National Mourning Guidance, are: "Out of respect, organizations may wish to consider canceling or postponing events or closing venues on the day of a state funeral.

Not they are under no obligation to do so and this is entirely at the discretion of the individual organizations. If any match or sporting event is planned for the day of the state funeral, organizations may wish to adjust event times so that they do not conflict with the schedules of the state funeral.

Funeral service and related processions. As a sign of respect and in harmony with the tone of National Mourning, the organizers may wish to hold a period of silence and / or play the national anthem at the beginning of sports events or matches, and players may wish to wear mourning on your arm."

Pope Francis's words

Pope Francis said: "Deeply saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Heartfelt condolences, I gladly join all those who mourn her loss in praying for the late queen's eternal rest and in paying homage to her life.

of unreserved service to the good of the Nation and the Commonwealth, to his example of devotion to duty, to his firm testimony of faith in Jesus Christ and his steadfast hope in his promises."