President Moon met with Thomas Bach, the president of IOC, and emphasized that it helps North Korea to participate in the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
Will North Korea be able to participate?
Choi Tae-Yong has more.
President Moon met with Thomas Bach, the president of IOC, without taking a break after returning from the ROK-US summit.
He also asked the IOC that it provide active support for North Korea so that it may participate in the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic.
<Park Su-hyeon / Cheongwadae Spokesman> “As the IOC made a promise that it would give North Korea a chance to participate in Pyeongchang, I would also ask the organizing committee and Gangwon Province to make their utmost efforts as well. I also want to seek China’s cooperation to help North Korea’s participation once I have a meeting with President Xi…”
Mr. Bach who departed right after having a meeting with President Moon, had a somewhat theoratical stance.
<Thomas Bach / IOC president> “We would like to aid North Korea so that North Korean sportsmen can qualify, and we will continuously and closely coordinate with all NOCs.”
As illustrated by Mr. Bach, North Korea still needs to break through the first entrance test by obtaining qualification to participate, even if North Korea may have its will to participate in Pyeongchang.
No North Korean sportsmen earned participation qualification yet.
Figure skating and short-track may be possible though they seem challenging as well.
For the single team of the women’s ice hockey team, a recent hot topic, there is a pre-condition that all other participating nations have to agree on the participation of North Korean players who have not qualified yet.
To summarize, North Korea’s participation would only be possible if the IOC provides a special quota to North Korea with the consent of other NOCs.
Choi Tae-yong reporting for Yonhap News TV
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