International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach has called for a meeting to decide the participation of athletes from the National Olympic Committee of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) at the forthcoming Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang.
It follows the joint proposals by the governments of the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
The meeting will be chaired by the IOC President.
The meeting will have to take a series of essential decisions, including the number and names of athletes and officials from the NOC of the DPRK, since all the deadlines for registration have already passed. The IOC will also have to decide on the format of such participation, including questions related to the official protocol (flag, anthem, ceremonies, uniform, etc.).
“I warmly welcome the joint proposals by the governments of the ROK and DPRK, which have been applauded by so many other governments worldwide. This is a great step forward in the Olympic spirit and in the spirit of the Olympic Truce Resolution passed by the General Assembly of the United Nations. Now the IOC must take the decisions to make this political commitment a reality,” said the IOC President.