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North, South Korea eye joint march, teams for Tokyo 2020

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North, South Korea eye joint march, teams for Tokyo 2020

North, South Korea eye joint march, teams for Tokyo 2020

North Korea and South Korea are interested in a joint march and fielding unified teams in different sports at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics

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North, South Korea eye joint march, teams for Tokyo 2020

SHOWS: LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND (FEBRUARY 15, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) IOC PRESIDENT, THOMAS BACH, SAYING: "They presented their proposal for organising the joint teams on the occasion of the Games Tokyo 2020.

These concerns for sports at this time, it's women's basketball, women's hockey, the joint judo mixed team event and some events in rowing.

The IOC has taken this proposal very positively and we will now enter into the discussions concerning this proposal within the Olympic movement which meets in particular with the international federations and will also continue the discussions in more detail with the two delegations so that hopefully until the next IOC executive board meeting at the end of March we can already make further progress." 2.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) IOC PRESIDENT, THOMAS BACH, SAYING: "This is a great day therefore the Olympic movement and we are looking forward now to further consultation with the two Koreas, both with regard to joint participation in Tokyo 2020 as well with regard to the candidature of the Olympic Games 2032.

This procedure will then later on of course be open to all NOC'S to declare their candidatures as well.

Thank you very much." STORY: North Korea and South Korea are interested in a joint march at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics as well as fielding unified teams in different sports, said International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach on Friday (February 15).

South and North Korean sports and government officials met with the IOC in Lausanne, buoyed by the role the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics played in easing tensions between the two countries, amid initial planning for a joint bid for the 2032 Olympics.

Among the points of discussion at the Lausanne meeting was also a potential 2032 Summer Olympics joint bid by North and South Korea, and Bach praised them for proceeding with it.

The Koreas also presented to the IOC a proposal to organise joint teams to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

The sports put forward included women's basketball, women's hockey, mixed judo teams and rowing events.

The two nations had marched together at the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang for the first time since the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.

They had also fielded a unified women's ice hockey team.

Relations between the nations greatly improved last year, with South Korean President Moon Jae-in meeting his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong Un at three different summits.

North Korea has for years pursued nuclear and missile programs in defiance of U.N.

Sanctions but the neighbours moved to thaw relations in 2018.

(Production: Marina Depetris, Iain Axon, Francis Maguire)




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