IOC CONSIDERS REQUEST FOR UNIFIED KOREAN TEAMS AT TOKYO 2020 AND WELCOMES THEIR JOINT BID TO HOST OLYMPIC GAMES 2032
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STORY SCRIPT: A year after North and South Korea made history by marching together in the opening ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is considering a request for unified Korean teams to enter qualification for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
The announcement came at a working meeting between the Republic of Korea (KOR) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (PRK), chaired by IOC President Thomas Bach, where it was also confirmed the two nations intend to put forward a joint candidature to the host the Olympic Games 2032.
Today’s meeting in Lausanne was held to discuss further sports co-operation between the two countries, building on the foundations laid by the combined march at the opening ceremony of Pyeongchang 2018 and the unified Korean team that took part in the women’s ice hockey tournament at the Olympic Winter Games a year ago.
During the tripartite meeting, the IOC and the two Korean delegations, composed of representatives of their respective National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and governments, discussed the format and pathway for the participation of a number of unified Korean teams, made up of athletes from both NOCs at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
The parties agreed on the principles guiding such unified Korean teams per sport and discipline. It was decided that participation at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 would be based on successful qualification in those sports and disciplines where both NOCs wish to compete as a unified Korean team.
The IOC agreed to continue to study, in particular with the respective International Federations (IFs), the request of the NOCs of KOR and PRK for unified Korean teams to take part in qualification for the following events:
- Women’s Basketball
- Women’s Hockey
- Judo – Mixed Team event
- Rowing Women’s & Men’s in Fours (4-), Quadruple sculls (4x) and Eights (8+) events
These discussions will be based on the agreement that any unified Korean team will follow the qualification system established for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
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