Olympics boss hopes Koreas will march together at Tokyo

At the Asian Games, the two Koreas formed joint teams in rowing, canoeing and women's basketball, winning one gold, one silver and two bronze medals.

Athletes carry the combined Koreas flag into the closing ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.   -  AFP

Jakarta Olympics chief Thomas Bach is to open talks with North and South Korea about marching and competing together at the 2020 Tokyo Games, he said on Sunday.

Bach was speaking at the Asian Games, where the two Koreas paraded together at the opening ceremony and joined forces in competition for the second time this year, after the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

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“We will speak with South Korea and North Korea (about) what can be done together on the occasion of the Games,” he said in Jakarta.

“A joint march... maybe a joint team... a joint relay or whatever,” said Bach, adding that he expected to begin discussions in October or November.

At the Asian Games, the two Koreas formed joint teams in rowing, canoeing and women's basketball, winning one gold, one silver and two bronze medals.