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IOC President discusses DPRK with Korea’s President Moon

Date : 03 Jul 2017

Seoul, Korea, July 3, 2017: The President of the Republic of Korea, Moon Jae-in, and the President of the IOC, Thomas Bach, had 'friendly' and 'very fruitful' talks at the Blue House on Monday. The discussions centred on preparations for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. The two leaders agreed that the preparations were going very well, and that the stage was set for a very successful Olympic Winter Games 2018.

The two leaders agreed that they expected a high number of NOCs from winter sports countries to take part in PyeongChang 2018. The IOC sent invitations to take part in the Games to NOCs, including the NOC of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), already in February of this year. 

Furthermore, the IOC is also supporting a number of athletes from the DPRK to assist them to qualify. "The Olympic Winter Games can greatly assist in the reconciliation and cooperation between the two Koreas and peace on the Korean peninsula," said President Moon.

President Bach added: "The IOC appreciates very much President Moon’s vision of how the Olympic Games can support dialogue and reconciliation on the Korean peninsula and beyond.  We can look forward to excellent Olympic Winter Games from Korea to the world".

The two leaders agreed to cooperate closely with regard to the further preparations including the participation of athletes of the NOC of DPRK.

Source:
www.olympic.org

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