IJF President Marius Vizer held a joint meeting with Mr PAK Hak Yong, DPRK Judo General Secretary and Mr CHO Yong Chul, Korean Judo Association Vice President - on the occasion of the Hohhot Grand Prix in May - to discuss a unified team being formed for the World Judo Championships 2018 in Baku, Azerbaijan, this September.
These talks paved the way for the two neighbours to agree to link up this weekend and negotiations for both sides to join up in Baku are still on course.
The East Asian Championships organising committee met in the State House on Wednesday to finalise their plans for the event and revealed that over 200 judoka will compete and announced that ROK and the DPRK will unite under the same flag for the men’s and women’s team events on Sunday (five judoka per team).
The Unified Korean team will compete alongside China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan and Mongolia and will use Arirang, a Korean folk song, as their anthem. Korea’s unified flag will adorn the judogi of their athletes.
Mr. Battulga Khaltmaa, President of the Republic of Mongolia and of the Mongolian Judo Association, will open the competition on Saturday.
Stay tuned to the IJF website for the results and news from the East Asian Championships 2018.