IOC to hold board meeting in Sochi next April

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The IOC will hold an executive board meeting next April in Sochi, a little over a year after the Russian city hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee confirmed Wednesday that the board will meet in Sochi in conjunction with the SportAccord global sports industry convention.

The IOC tells The Associated Press the board will meet from April 22-24.

SportAccord, which represents Olympic and non-Olympic sports federations, announced Tuesday it will hold its annual convention in Sochi. The decision came despite global criticism of Russia following the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine.

The IOC has traditionally scheduled an executive board meeting during the convention, bringing more prestige and media coverage to the event.

IOC President Thomas Bach has maintained good relations with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.