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13 Aug 2004
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Two Koreas march together

The Presidents of the Korean Olympic Committee and the Olympic Committee of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea met this morning in Athens with IOC President Jacques Rogge. The meeting took place a few hours before the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad, where the two delegations will march together into the stadium.

Same Flag
They will enter the stadium in 84th position out of the record number of 202 National Olympic Committees participating in the Games. The two teams will enter under one single flag.

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 had previously 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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