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IOC hails two Koreas' handshakes at opening ceremony as 'historic moment'

IANS  |  Pyeongchang (South Korea) 

The (IOC) on Saturday said that representatives of the two Koreas shaking hands at the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang was a "historic moment."

South Korean Moon Jae-in was spotted shaking hands with Kim Yo-jong, younger sister of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and Kim Yong-nam, North Korea's of state, after he arrived in the VIP sitting area at the in PyeongChang, 180 kilometers of east of Seoul, for the opening ceremony of the 23rd on Friday, reports news agency.

"It was a historic moment," IOC said during a press conference in PyeongChang. "The are about sports, but yesterday was a great symbol and great indications of maybe how things can be."

The IOC has been working to arrange North Korea's participation in the PyeongChang Olympics, the first in The IOC also allowed the South and the North to have a joint march at the opening ceremony under the Korean Unification Flag.

Although Adams emphasised the are not for politics, he said the opening ceremony for the PyeongChang 2018 had symbolic moments, adding that the ceremony itself was "spectacular" to watch.

"I don't think the Olympic Games, or the IOC, or the would think they can solve the problems of the world in an opening ceremony," he said.

"But the are symbol of how things might be in the world if people who compete can get together and build bridges together. So, it was a great moment," he added.



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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 12:58 IST