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Report: IOC chief in N Korea to talk future Olympic prospects

Europe, Europa
30.03.2018
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Seoul (dpa) - International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach was in Pyongyang on Friday to discuss North Korea‘s future participation in the Olympic Games, according to local media.

Bach met with North Korean Sports Minister Kim Il Guk to talk about the country‘s prospects to take part in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022, as well the youth games for both events, the South Korean agency Yonhap reported.

Bach toured the May 1 football stadium and other sports venues in the North Korean capital as part of a planned three-day trip, Yonhap reported, citing North Korea‘s state-run Korean Central News Agency.

Bach also had a 45-minute formal meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday, according to reports from the Associated Press.

Bach was invited to visit by North Korea after it agreed in January to compete under a united Korean flag with South Korean athletes at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February, the IOC said Thursday.

At the closing of the Winter Games in South Korea, Bach said the IOC would continue to engage in dialogue with North Korea.

The joint appearance of athletes from the two Koreas at the opening ceremony and the unified women‘s hockey team were among the highlights of the 2018 games, Bach has said.

The IOC delegation arrived Thursday and is set to leave Saturday.

 

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