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02 Jul 2004
IOC News , Press Release

Two Koreas march together!

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today confirmed that the delegations of the Korean Olympic Committee and the Olympic Committee of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea will parade together at the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad on 13 August 2004 in Athens.

Same Flag
The intention of the two NOCs to march under the same flag had already been discussed with the IOC President, Jacques Rogge, in Athens in February.

Olympic ideals
Four years after Sydney, where the delegations from South and North Korea marched for the first time together under the same flag at the Opening Ceremony, the athletes from the two Koreas will demonstrate yet again that sport and the Olympic ideal can serve as an instrument to building a peaceful and better world.

Unity and peace

Commenting on the decision, IOC President Jacques Rogge said: “This joint march will be one of the highlights of the Opening Ceremony of the Athens Games in a few weeks’ time. It shows that sport can unite and promote peace. It is wonderful to see the two NOCs putting the Olympic values into practice in such a demonstrable way.”

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