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Koreas to march together

IOC accepts proposal for opening ceremony

July 29, 2000

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— Athletes from the two Koreas are set to march together at the opening ceremony of the Sydney Games in a powerful symbol of the divided peninsula's hopes for reunification.

The International Olympic Committee executive board on Friday accepted a proposal by the North Koreans to drop the two national flags from the ceremony, leaving the athletes to parade as one under the Olympic flag only.

This will be the first time the two Koreas have marched together at the Olympics. The athletes will continue to compete during the games for their respective nations, with their own flags and anthems.

"This is to show the will of the two countries to be unified," IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch said.

Samaranch sent letters to the leaders of both countries before last month's historic summit

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