Organization Winter games Pyeongchang allows for the participation of North Korea
The organising committee of the Winter games of 2018 in the South Korean Pyeongchang is open for participation of North Korean athletes, but the communist country needs “a message of peace” to communicate.
“The Play of 2018 each country will participate, if they but the olympic message of peace to promote. North Korea is no exception to that rule,” said chairman Hee-Beom Lee of the olympic organising committee on Thursday in the coastal city of Gangneung at a press conference exactly one year before the opening ceremony of the Olympics in Pyeongchang.
“Anyone who loves peace can join in. In that sense, we are open for the participation of North Korea. North Korea has the right and responsibility to participate in the Play, as it is the message of peace itself.”
The participation of North Korean athletes at sporting events in South Korea has long been a problem due to the very difficult relationship between the two countries. So intent on North Korea Olympics of 1988 in the South Korean capital Seoul.
This century seemed to sport the two neighbouring countries is precisely what closer to each other. So were the athletes from South and North Korea at the opening ceremony of the olympic Games of 2000 (Sydney) and 2004 (Athens) under one flag in the stadium.
North Korean athletes did in addition to the last two Asian Games in South Korea were held (in 2002 and 2014) and gymnasts Lee Eun-ju from South Korea and Hong Un-jong of North Korea made last summer at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro together for a selfie.
This is what the olympic park in South Korea a year before the Games out
The relationship between South and North Korea is the last months, however, again put under pressure by multiple testing of the communist north with ranged. At the end of last year scherpten the United Nations sanctions against North Korea because the country in september for a fifth and largest nuclear test had done.
Pyeongchang, which recently officially a capital letter C to his name has been added in order not to be confused with the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, is located but a hundred kilometres south of the border with North Korea.
The North Koreans asked for several years ago to be a part of the olympic sports next year in a new ski resort just over the border to organize, but that suggestion was rejected by South Korea.
It is, however, still the question of whether North Korean athletes will be places for the winter Olympics, on February 9, 2018. The country has no wintersportcultuur and sent in 2010, but two athletes to Vancover and no athlete to Sochi in 2014.
The international olympic committee (IOC) wants, yet no concrete answer to the question of whether North Korea will do the winter Olympics of 2018.
“The invitations to the national olympic committees have until Thursday sent, so it is difficult to indicate which countries yes will say on that invitation,” said an IOC spokesman last week against the American NBC. “In addition, athletes must first qualify.”
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