IOC / KOREAN UNITY

11-Jun-2018 00:02:59
As the world awaits a historic meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, the International Olympic Committee can take some credit for the thaw in Korean relations. IOC
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STORY: IOC / KOREAN UNITY
TRT: 02:59
SOURCE: IOC
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 10 JUNE 2018, LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND / JANUARY 2018, LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND / FEBRUARY 2018, PYEONGCHANG, REPUBLIC OF KOREA / MARCH 2018, PYONGYANG, DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF KOREA
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FEBRUARY 2018, PYEONGCHANG, REPUBLIC OF KOREA

1. Wide shot, Korean Olympic athletes march into stadium together under a joint flag during Opening Ceremony at Olympic Winter Games
2. Med shot, joint flag bearers from Korea
3. Med shot, IOC President Thomas Bach salutes athletes of joint Korean delegation
4. Wide shot, arena
5. Med shot, joint torchbearers

11TH APRIL 2018, LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Bach, President, International Olympic Committee (IOC):
“This participation of the athletes from the NOC of DPRK and then, finally the joint march. And then following the joint march also the joint women’s ice hockey team, was the result of a long-time effort by the IOC.”

FEBRUARY 2018, PYEONGCHANG, REPUBLIC OF KOREA

7. Wide shot, representatives of Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Republic of Korea (ROK) shake hands during joint march

11TH APRIL 2018, LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Bach, President, International Olympic Committee (IOC):
“During all this time we kept the door open for the south and for the north so that after the tensions were thawing and the truce resolution was adopted we could concentrate again on the participation. And there both North Korea and South Korea always knew that we were ready to make exceptional decisions.”

FEBRUARY 2018, PYEONGCHANG, REPUBLIC OF KOREA

9. Various shots, supporters of Team Korea

11TH APRIL 2018, LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Bach, President, International Olympic Committee (IOC):
“After the new year’s address of the leader of DPRK, where he committed to the participation of North Korea, we could call then the meeting with the governments of both Koreas: with the NOCs of both Koreas, here in Lausanne to agree on the joint declaration.”

FEBRUARY 2018, PYEONGCHANG, REPUBLIC OF KOREA

11. Various shots, joint women ice hockey team
12. Med shot, delegates and athletes from DPRK coming out of the bus upon their arrival at the venue
13. Med shot, athletes from the Joint Korea team are greeted by the crowd

JANUARY 2018, LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND

14. Wide shot, IOC headquarters
15. Close up, Olympic Rings inside IOC headquarters
16. Wide shot, IOC President Thomas Bach leads meeting with representatives from DPRK and ROK,
17. Med shot, representatives of delegation of Republic of Korea (ROK)
18. Med shot, representatives of Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)
19. Med shot, handshake between Kim ll-guk, Sports Minister and President of Olympic Committee of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Do JongHwan, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Republic of Korea
20. Wide shot, delegates from IOC, DPRK and ROK in front of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea flag, Republic of Korea Flag and Olympic flag

MARCH 2018, PYONGYANG, DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF KOREA

21. Various shots, meeting between Kim ll-guk, Sports Minister and President of the National Olympic Committee of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Thomas Bach, President of the IOC and various DPRK and IOC representatives
22. Med shot, Kim ll-guk, Sports Minister and President of the National Olympic Committee (NOC)
23. Med shot, IOC President Thomas Bach during the meeting
24. Pan right, Kim ll-guk and Thomas Bach visit aquatics centre
25. Various shots, visit to the table tennis training
STORYLINE
As the world awaits a historic meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, the International Olympic Committee can take some credit for the thaw in Korean relations.

For it was at the recent Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, after years of painstaking political groundwork, that the two Koreas successfully came together under the Olympic flag.

IOC President Thomas Bach said, “this participation of the athletes from the NOC of DPRK and then, finally the joint march. And then following the joint march also the joint women’s ice hockey team, was the result of a long-time effort by the IOC.”

Bach said, “during all this time we kept the door open for the south and for the north so that after the tensions were thawing and the truce resolution was adopted we could concentrate again on the participation. And there both North Korea and South Korea always knew that we were ready to make exceptional decisions.”

That conversation continued and evolved through geopolitical ups and downs.

Bach said, “after the new year’s address of the leader of DPRK, where he committed to the participation of North Korea, we could call then the meeting with the governments of both Koreas: with the NOCs of both Koreas, here in Lausanne to agree on the joint declaration.”

The declaration, which the IOC initiated, established the joint march and the joint women’s ice hockey team.

Following high-level talks between senior officials from South and North Korea in early January 2018, Kim Jong-un announced North Korea’s participation in the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 by sending a delegation of athletes, officials and a group of cheerleaders.

Shortly after this announcement, the IOC called for a meeting in Lausanne between the IOC, the two NOCs, the two governments and the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee, which resulted in all parties signing the ‘Olympic Korean Peninsula Declaration’.
This declaration contained decisions by the IOC to make the participation and joint activities of the two teams possible and culminated in the image of the teams marching into the Opening Ceremony under the Korean Unification Flag. The joint Korean women’s hockey team also came together to compete as one.

During a recent visit to North Korea by the IOC President, Kim Jong-un fully committed to the participation of athletes from his country in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 and the next editions of the Youth Olympic Games, in Buenos Aires this year and Lausanne in 2020.

The IOC is already working on a special programme to allow North Korean athletes to prepare and qualify for the upcoming Olympic Games.
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