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Singleton present at anniversary celebration

HSH Prince Albert of Monaco and Patron of the World Olympians Association, (center). Patrick Singleton executive officer of the World Olympians and representative on the IOC athletes commission (right) and Joel Bouzou President of the World Olympians Association (left), stand with their OLY badges beside Pierre de Coubertin in the lobby of the new Olympic House. 

Patrick Singleton, the Bermudian Olympian, attended the International Olympic Committee’s 125th anniversary celebrations in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Sunday.

To mark the occasion, the IOC officially opened Olympic House, its new $147 million headquarters, built on the site of the former IOC headquarters.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by top officials from the world of sport.

“I ran into the president of the International Tennis Federation David Haggerty in the new Olympic House and we discussed the opportunities for future ITF and USTA tournaments in Bermuda,” said Singleton, the World Olympians Association’s representative to the IOC’s Athletes’ Commission.

“The ITF is very supportive of our initiatives to help redevelop tennis. I also had a conversation with the president of World Sailing [Kim Andersen] and discussed their large sailing congress that is coming to Bermuda in October.”

Singleton said Bermuda is gaining traction as a sports tourism destination and needs to continue to develop high-calibre events to continue new growth.

Singleton, who competed in the skeleton at the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, in 2006, also attended the Olympic Broadcasting Awards ceremonies on Saturday evening.

He spoke with NBC television executives about the Bermuda Open Golf tournament and the advances in sports broadcasting on island, particularly during the America’s Cup and ITU World Triathlon Series.