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05 Sep 2006
IOC News

Two Koreas Make Progress In Creation Of Unified Team

Today in Lausanne, the IOC met with the Olympic Committee of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Korean Olympic Committee. Productive discussions held at the start of the day unilaterally between the IOC and each National Olympic Committee, lead to a joint meeting in the afternoon, which was chaired by IOC President Jacques Rogge.

Whilst a number of matters remain outstanding, enormous progress was made towards the creation of a unified team for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.  Today’s events were seen by all parties to be a milestone in the completion of this important project for the Olympic Movement and the two Koreas, with firm foundations having been laid as a result of the constructive meetings. It was agreed that both NOCs would hold further talks to solve the remaining technical issues, with the IOC supporting these further discussions.
The IOC is delighted to see sport and Olympic ideals serving to facilitate the creation of a unified team and would like to thank the two delegations for their commitment and efforts to achieve this goal.
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