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IOC Chief considers North Korea Pyeongchang participation a great step forward

IOC Chief considers North Korea Pyeongchang participation a great step forward

The decision of North Korea to be a part of the Winter Olympics in the South has been considered a great step forward by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Chief Thomas Bach.

Earlier, North Korea has boycotted the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, but has decided to send its athletes to the Winter Games in the South, as the rivals announced earlier this week following their first formal talks in over two years after high tensions regarding Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme.

Chief Mr. Bach said: "These proposals, thus, mark a great step forward in the Olympic spirit."

An IOC spokesperson stated that the IOC will now stand by for the official reports and the official proposals due to be made anytime soon.

The Chief further added: "After that, the IOC will discuss these proposals in particular regarding the participation along with the number and names of athletes from the NOC of DPRK, and also the format of their participation regarding the flag, anthem, ceremonies, and so on, are concerned. We will continue to have these discussions in a positive and encouraging way following which the IOC Executive Board will take the relevant decisions."