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INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE PRESIDENT THOMAS BACH REVEALS IOC REMAINS AT THE HEART OF THE PEACE PROCESS BETWEEN NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA A YEAR ON FROM PYEONGCHANG 2018

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Location: PyeongChang, Republic of Korea

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STORY HEADLINE: INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE PRESIDENT THOMAS BACH REVEALS IOC REMAINS AT THE HEART OF THE PEACE PROCESS BETWEEN NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA A YEAR ON FROM PYEONGCHANG 2018                               

DATE:5 February 2019

LOCATION: PyeongChang, Republic of Korea & Lausanne, Switzerland.

LANGUAGE:English

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International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has revealed that the IOC remains a central part of the peace process between North and South Korea with talks between the IOC and the two national Olympic Committees due to continue in the next few days.

The two nations famously marched together into the opening ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang a year ago, and both nations are anxious to keep sport at the heart of the new spirit between them, as highlighted by the combined Korean women’s ice hockey team that took part in Pyeongchang 2018.

President Bach said: “We have seen that the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018 were opening the doors for political talks, and since then different summits have been taking place. And in fact, also the two leaders from South Korea President Moon and from North Korea Chairman Kim have asked us to continue to support their talks of rapprochement through actions in sport, and this is what we are doing. So, just in a couple of days, we will meet the two governments and the two National Olympic Committees to see how the IOC can contribute to peace on the Korean peninsula and in the world.”

A year on from the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, President Bach still marvels at the moment the two Korean nations marched into the ceremony together, a move that was only confirmed at the last minute.

He said: “Thinking of this gives me goosebumps until this very moment. It was a great mixture of joy and relief, because the negotiations about the joint march were finalised only four hours before the opening ceremony.”

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