Koreas marching under one flag is unbelievable, says Sergey Bubka

Executive member of the International Olympic Committee Sergey Bubka described North and South Korea's decision to march under one flag at the opening of the Winter Olympics as "unbelievble."

Sergey Bubka, international event ambassador of the Tata Mumbai Marathon at a press conference in Mumbai on Thursday.   -  Special Arrangement

Ukraine’s legandary pole vaulter and executive member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Sergey Bubka, described the decision of the two Koreas – North and South – to march under one flag at the opening ceremony of next month’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea as "unbelievble."

When Sportstar asked him to comment on the sensational development following a meeting of negotiators of the two countries at the border village of Panmunjom, Bubka said,"Well, personally, during the executive board of IOC, we discussed the issue a couple of days back. I am very very excited. I consider that the IOC is doing an incredible job to unify (the two countries), bring in peace and bring in people’s nations together.

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"What we see today and specially regarding your question, this is unbelievable. I pray and look (forward) to see the two Koreas as one nation, to merge together. I know that with this decision they will merge under one flag. This is unbelievable power of sports and Olympics. I am very happy and proud for that, with this Olympic movement under the leadership of Thomas Bach.’’

According to reports, following a dialogue between the two countries, the delegations of South and North Korea will march behind a “unified Korea” flag that shows an undivided Korean Peninsula. The Koreas have also decided to field a joint women’s ice hockey team.

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The 54-year-old Bubka, who broke 17 outdoor world records and 11 indoor world records, was the first to clear the 6 metre mark and a winner of the gold medal at the Seoul Olympics in 1988, is the international event ambassador of the Tata Mumbai Marathon.

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