On 20th January 2018, IOC President Thomas Bach announced that a delegation from the National Olympic Committee of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) will participate at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. Under the “Olympic Korean Peninsula Declaration”, the IOC will grant accreditations to the NOC of the DPRK for 22 athletes in 3 sports and 5 disciplines, including Cross-Country Skiing, Alpine Skiing, Figure Skating, Short Track Speed Skating and a Unified Women’s Hockey Team.
Following the meeting between the IOC and delegations from the NOC of the DPRK, the NOC of the Republic of Korea and the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee at the IOC headquarters Bach presented the decisions of the “Olympic Korean Peninsula Declaration”. The Declaration was signed by attending the meetings.
With the “Olympic Korean Peninsula Declaration”, the IOC has, among other, taken the following exceptional decisions:
- The IOC will grant accreditations to the NOC of the DPRK for 22 athletes, 24 officials and 21 media representatives.
- The IOC approves the request of the NOCs of ROK and DPRK to have their delegations marching together as one under the name “Korea” at the Opening Ceremony. The delegation will be led into the Olympic Stadium by the Korean Unification Flag, carried by two athletes, one from each NOC. There will be one female and one male athlete flagbearer. The delegation will wear a special uniform with the Korean Unification Flag (). The acronym for the team will be “COR”.
- Cross-Country Skiing: The IOC allocated three additional quota places to the NOC of the DPRK to allow two male athletes (HAN Chun-gyong - 15km freestyle and PAK Il-chol - 15km freestyle) and one female athlete (RI Yong-gum – 10km freestyle) to compete in PyeongChang.
- Alpine Skiing: The IOC allocated three additional quota places to the NOC of DPRK to allow two male athletes (CHOE Myong-gwang and KANG Song-il) and one female athlete (KIM Ryon-hyang) to compete in PyeongChang. All three athletes will compete in both the Giant Slalom and Slalom events.
- Any necessary technical equipment will be provided to the athletes by the IOC in cooperation with the International Federations, and will be made available on site.
Gian Franco Kapser represented FIS and all seven International Winter Sports Federations at the meetings and summit in Lausanne. The decision taken by the IOC strikes a respectful balance welcoming DPRK participation in the PyeongChang 2018 Games, whilst ensuring the focus of the Olympic competitions will remain about the very best sporting performances.
"In the interests of the historical implications of this far-reaching agreement made possible by the Olympic Winter Games and Sport through the IOC, we are proud that FIS can show its solidarity and support to such a special achievement," said Kasper.