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Seoul to host ANOC GA in 2020 with North Korea in joint celebration

Date : 29 Nov 2018

Tokyo, Japan, November 29, 2018: The Association of National Olympic Committees will hold the ANOC General Assembly in 2020 in Seoul, capital of South Korea, in a joint celebration with North Korea.

The Secretary General of ANOC, Mrs Gunilla Lindberg, made the announcement at the end of the 23rd ANOC General Assembly in Tokyo on Thursday.

The General Assembly next year will be held in San Diego, California, ahead of the first edition of the ANOC World Beach Games in October 2019.

Then the annual gathering of the world’s 206 NOCs will move to Seoul, which hosted the Olympic Games in 1988, and, in a further demonstration of improving cooperation on the Korean peninsula, DPR Korea NOC will also be involved in what Mrs Lindberg described as a joint celebration.

This is the latest move in the thaw in the relationship between the two sides of the peninsula, following their joint march and unified women’s ice hockey team at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics in February and the joint march and fielding a unified team in three sports at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia in August.

The General Assembly in Tokyo ended with a series of resolutions, including the establishment of a new Commission for Gender Equity to be chaired by HRH Prince Faisal Al Hussein, President of Jordan Olympic Committee.

On the final afternoon of the General Assembly, Olympic Solidarity reported on the success of the Athlete Scholarship programme for PyeongChang and said three-year scholarships would be available for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics from November 2019.

For Tokyo 2020, 1,339 athletes from 165 NOCs have received three-year scholarships. There will also be an Olympic Refugee Team in Tokyo 2020, and Olympic Solidarity is assisting 44 refugees identified by 14 NOCs to date, although the final size of the team has not been determined.

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