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25 Feb 2004
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The two Koreas will parade together in Athens

The IOC President, Jacques Rogge, met with the delegations from the Korean Olympic Committee and the Olympic Committee of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea today in Athens. At the end of the meetings, President Rogge was delighted to confirm that both NOCs have agreed to parade together at the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad on 13 August 2004 in Athens.

A symbol of the Olympic Truce
The joint parade of the athletes from the two Koreas demonstrates yet again that sport and the Olympic ideal can serve as an instrument to build a peaceful and better world. The symbol of the Olympic Truce has been emphasized today with the official launching of the "Truce Story", a school book published by the International Olympic Truce Centre, based in Athens.

Sydney, four years ago
Four years ago, on 15th September 2000, the delegations from South and North Korea marched for the first time together under the same flag at the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney.

A ceremony under the Greek gods
On 13 August 2004 at 9pm, the world's eyes will turn to the Olympic stadium in Athens for the Opening Ceremony of the first Olympic Games of the third millennium. Approximatively four billion people will view this historical moment, a ceremony inspired by the Greek gods Apollo and Dionysus.

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