The decision of the International Olympic Committee. The Olympic Charter protects all rights and freedoms without discrimination. November 13, "Olympic Truce" adopted by the UN General Assembly and promoted by South Korea.
Seoul (AsiaNews / Agencies) - North Korea will participate in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics next year, to the detriment of the recent reintegration of the regime into the list of " states sponsors of terrorism". The decision was taken by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and broadcast on US television.
The IOC has supported its decision by stating that the Olympic Charter ensures the enjoyment of rights and freedoms without any discrimination. Added to this is the "Olympic Truce" decided by a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly, adopted in New York on 13 November. The decision was promoted by South Korea, host country of the sports event and first promoter of the dialogue with Pyongyang.
The 23rd Winter Games will be held in PyeongChang City between 9 and 25 February. Following this the Paralympic Games will be held on March 9-18.
The return of North Korea among the countries sponsoring terrorism was decided by US President Donald Trump on November 20, a move to exert new pressures for the communist country to stop the nuclear and missile development program.
North Korea should first qualify for PyeongChang 2018. The North did not participate in the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia in 2014. In the past the two Koreans have already marched under the unified flag at various opening ceremonies of the Asian Games and the Under 20 World Cup in 1991
Some athletes will be able to participate individually and with strict procedures. The national flag will not be admitted and in case of victory the Olympic anthem will resound. Russian vice-premier Vitaly Mutko, head of the World Cup organization, has been banned for life. Moscow speaks of an "unjust and immoral" choice. The United States exults.
The attendance of the North Korean delegation was confirmed during Hu Jintao's visit to North Korea. A groundbreaking agreement has been reached about the joint participation of the two Koreas as one team in the upcoming round of 2006 Asian Games and the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Members of the Unification, Foreign Affairs and Trade Committee of the South Korean parliament have complained about the Chinese government's approval of university textbooks describing Korea as "part of China". China's perceived imposition with regard to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games has also come under fire.