IOC President Thomas Bach has contracted COVID-19 ©IOC

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has tested positive for COVID-19 but is still expected to hold a series of meetings on the eve of a plot to dissolve the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) online here.

Multiple sources have informed insidethegames this morning that Bach has contracted coronavirus and will be unable to meet people in person in the Olympic Capital.

His positive test comes at a busy time for the IOC with the organisation’s commissions and key officials from International Federations (IF) arriving in the Swiss city for meetings this week.

Bach was due to attend the opening day of the IF Forum at the Olympic Museum today and give a speech at the Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations General Assembly.

But the German official was replaced by IOC vice-president Ng Ser Miang who spoke on his behalf.

IOC vice-president Ng Ser Miang spoke on Bach's behalf at the IF Forum ©SportAccord
IOC vice-president Ng Ser Miang spoke on Bach's behalf at the IF Forum ©SportAccord

The IOC later told insidethegames that Bach had tested positive for COVID-19 but only had "mild symptoms" and was "currently working from home".

Representatives from the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF), and Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport (AIMS) were also set to meet the IOC.

The future of GAISF is also set to be decided tomorrow.

An Extraordinary General Assembly is due to be held with GAISF facing potential dissolution in what is widely seen as another attempted power grab by the IOC.