FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2006, file photo, Korea's flag-bearers Bora Lee and Jong-In Lee, carrying a unification flag lead their teams into the stadium during the 2006 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Turin, Italy. When athletes of the rival Koreas walked together behind a single flag for the first time since their 1945 division at the start of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, it was a highly emotional event that came on the wave of reconciliation mood following their leaders first-ever summit talks. Eighteen years later, now, the Koreas are pushing to produce a similar drama during the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympics. But they haven t generated as much enthusiastic supports as they had both at home and abroad.
SEOUL – International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach traveled to Pyongyang on Thursday, the Olympic body said, in a visit that comes after North Korea's participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Games helped ease inter-Korean relations. Bach will remain in North Korea until Saturday and will have meetings with the nation's Olympic officials in a trip agreed on last year as part of talks between the IOC and North and South Korea ahead of the games. "The discussions will focus on the further development of sport in the DPRK after the successful participation of athletes at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, and the preparation of athletes from the National Olympic Committee of the DPRK with the objective of qualifying for and participating in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022," the IOC said in a statement. "This visit is part of the close cooperation and consultations the IOC enjoys with all of the 206 National Olympic Committees." The IOC supported North Korean athletes financially and in kind in their effort to qualify for Pyeongchang.