DPRK / IOC BACH VISIT

02-Apr-2018 00:03:29
President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach visited the North Korean capital Pyongyang where he met with political and sports leaders of the country. IOC
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SOURCE: IOC / FILE
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DATELINE: 31 MARCH 2018, PYONGYANG, DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF KOREA /FILE
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31 MARCH 2018, PYONGYANG, DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF KOREA

1. Various shots, tracking shots of Pyongyang
2. Various shots, meeting with DPRK sports minister
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Bach, President, International Olympic Committee:
“It is the mission of the International Olympic Committee always to build bridges, and by building these bridges through sport, we hope that we can also make a contribution to the ongoing political talks, which are now underway, and which we are very happy about, and hope that they will lead, in the Olympic Spirit, to a peaceful future for the Korean peninsula.”
4. Pan right, Kim ll-guk and Thomas Bach visit table tennis centre
5. Various shots, table tennis players training
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Bach, President, International Olympic Committee:
“We will help them to participate in international competitions and if they want also to have training camps outside the country and competitions so that they can gather as much international experience as possible and to be then perfectly prepared to participate in the Olympic Games.”
7. Wide shot, exterior view of Swimming Centre in Sports Village
8. Med shot, Bach and figure skaters Ryom Tae-ok and Kim Ju-sik
9. Various shots, delegation visits swimming centre
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Bach, President, International Olympic Committee:
“When I saw the athletes from DPRK coming into the stadium together with the athletes from ROK, this really gave me goosebumps and gives me still goosebumps today even when only talking about it. I think this was a great moment in Olympic history and paved the way as we could see now for more peace talks on the political level, and this makes us very happy.”

FILE – 9 FEBRUARY 2018, PYEONGCHANG, REPUBLIC OF KOREA

11. Various shots, athletes of both Koreas marching together under one flag at the opening of the Winter Olympic Games 2018
STORYLINE
President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach visited the North Korean capital Pyongyang where he met with political and sports leaders of the country.

Bach also had a closed-door meeting with the leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un after which it was announced that the country is committed to its athletes competing at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, as well as the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires Summer 2018 and the Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne Winter 2020.

Earlier in the day, President Bach met representatives of the DPRK National Olympic Committee, led by its President, Kim Il-guk, who is also the country’s Sports Minister.

Bach said: “it is the mission of the International Olympic Committee always to build bridges, and by building these bridges through sport we hope that we can also make a contribution to the ongoing political talks, which are now underway, and which we are very happy about, and hope that they will lead, in the Olympic Spirit, to a peaceful future for the Korean peninsula.”

During the visit, Bach also discussed the IOC’s support for the athletes and sport in the country.

SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Bach, President, International Olympic Committee:
“We will help them to participate in international competitions and if they want also to have training camps outside the country and competitions so that they can gather as much international experience as possible and to be then perfectly prepared to participate in the Olympic Games.”

President Bach visited several sporting facilities where he met athletes, Olympians and future potential competitors in the Olympic Games in swimming, weightlifting and table tennis. He also met the figure skating pair, Ryom Tae-ok and Kim Ju-sik, who had competed in the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

President Bach was accompanied throughout the visit by the IOC Member from North Korea, Professor Ung Chang.
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