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The big boss of the IOC, Thomas Bach
The international olympic Committee (IOC) will decide on the participation of athletes from north korea at the olympic Games in Pyeongchang on January 20, next.
The IOC announced on Wednesday by way of a press release that a meeting scheduled for next week in Lausanne, Switzerland, will take several key decisions in the wake of the proposals made Tuesday by the governments of North Korea and South Korea.
The two neighboring countries have agreed that North Korea will be able to participate in the olympic Games which will be held in South Korea from 9 to 25 February, while promising to do what is necessary to assuage political tensions.
The meeting on January 20 will be chaired by the boss of the IOC, Thomas Bach. It will bring together representatives of the organizing committee of the olympic Games in Pyeongchang and the olympic committees of the two Koreas.
At the end of the meeting, we will get the number and the names of the athletes and officials from north korea may take part in the Games, given the fact that registration deadlines have already passed. The IOC will also take a decision on the modalities of the participation of North Korea, such as the presentation of the flag and the national anthem, participation in the ceremonies, as well as the uniforms and competition uniforms.
It is not yet known whether the two Koreas will be a common entrance at the opening ceremonies and closing of Games, as was the case in Sydney in 2000, Athens in 2004 and Turin in 2006.
“I welcome with great satisfaction the joint proposals of the governments of the Republic of Korea and the democratic people’s Republic of Korea [North Korea], which has been widely applauded on the international political scene, said Thomas Bach. It is now up to the IOC to take the decisions that will allow this commitment to occur. “