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International Hockey Federation pursues goal of unified Korean team at Olympics

Date : 05 Feb 2019

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 5, 2019: The International Hockey Federation has put together an action plan aimed at the participation of a unified Korean hockey team for future international events including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and its qualification process.

This follows the positive steps undertaken by the International Olympic Committee and its President Thomas Bach ahead of last year’s Winter Olympics in PyeongChang to unite North and South Korea through sport.

As part of this peace-making engagement, a build-up meeting involving FIH President Dr. Narinder Dhruv Batra, FIH Executive Board member Tayyab Ikram, FIH chief executive officer Thierry Weil and the delegates from the hockey association of North Korea and South Korea was held on the occasion of the FIH Congress in New Delhi, India, last November.

At that time, a number of concrete proposals such as joint training camps or exchange programmes were made with both hockey national associations stating their intention to consult their respective National Olympic Committees and governments on this vision.

Last week in Lausanne, a fruitful meeting was held between Tayyab Ikram, who also chairs the FIH International and Olympics Relations panel, and the relevant stakeholders, where future steps to reach the goal of playing as a unified team were discussed.

The International Hockey Federation firmly believes in the power of sport to act as a catalyst for peace and therefore will continue to play an active role for this cause.

Source: FIH

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