- Title: IOC president Thomas Bach meets South Korean president in Seoul
- Date: 3rd July 2017
- Summary: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (JULY 3, 2017) (AGENCY POOL) **** WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY **** SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT MOON JAE-IN AND INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (IOC) PRESIDENT THOMAS BACH ENTERING MEETING ROOM WHILE SHAKING HANDS WITH DELEGATION AND SOUTH KOREAN OFFICIALS BACH SHAKING HANDS WITH SOUTH KOREAN OFFICIALS VARIOUS OF BACH AND MOON SHAKING HANDS AND POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS MEETING IN PROGRESS BACH AND MOON SITTING (SOUDNBITE) (English) INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (IOC) PRESIDENT, THOMAS BACH, SAYING: "I would like to thank you for a great support you have even before your brilliant election offered toward POCOG (PYEONGCHANG ORGANIZING COMMITTEE FOR THE 2018 OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES) and President Lee (head of POCOG Lee Hee-beom) and all organizations of the games." MOON LISTENING SOUTH KOREAN OFFICIALS SITTING (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT, MOON JAE-IN, SAYING: "I appreciate your support and cooperation with POCOG, the Korean Olympic Committee, and Gangwon province for successfully preparing the Pyeongchang Olympics." BACH LISTENING DELEGATION SITTING (SOUDNBITE) (English) INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (IOC) PRESIDENT, THOMAS BACH, SAYING: "And I also would like to congratulate you and thank you at the same time for expressing in your policy the Olympic values like dialogue and peace so much." BACH AND MOON SITTING (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT, MOON JAE-IN, SAYING: "Thank you for opening doors for exchange with North Korea in sports amid the frozen relations between South and North Koreas." MORE OF MEETING
- Embargoed: 17th July 2017 04:00
- Keywords: IOC president Thomas Bach South Korea Moon Jae-in meeting
- Location: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
- City: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
- Country: South Korea
- Topics: Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0016O5X8W5
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Seoul on Monday (July 3).
Bach who arrived in South Korea on June 29 to attend the closing ceremony of the World Taekwondo Championships was expected to discuss 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics including forming a joint Korean team at the Olympics with president Moon.
At the opening of the World Taekwondo Championships in Muju, Moon said he wanted the Koreas to compete as one team next year and highlighted the 1991 World Table Tennis Championships as an example of a previous merger.
However, North Korean International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Chang Ung ruled out the idea of a North-South team, telling the Dong-a Ilbo newspaper that it was an unrealistic aim in the present political climate.
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