The International Hockey Federation (FIH) is aiming to use hockey as a medium to bridge differences between the two Koreas – North and South.
Following the positive steps undertaken by the International Olympic Committee and in particular its President Thomas Bach ahead of last year’s Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang to unite North and South Korea through sport, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) has put together an action plan with the objective to get to the participation of a unified Korean hockey team for future FIH events. The united Korean hockey teams may potentially be a realty for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and its qualification process.
Last week in Lausanne, a fruitful meeting was held between Tayyab Ikram, who also chairs the FIH International and Olympic Relations panel, and the relevant stakeholders, where future steps to reach the goal of playing together as one team were discussed.
As part of this peace-making engagement, a build-up meeting involving FIH President Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra, FIH Executive Board member Tayyab Ikram, FIH CEO Thierry Weil and the delegates from the Hockey Associations of Korea DPR and the Republic of Korea was held on the occasion of the FIH Congress in New Delhi in November last year.
At that time, a number of concrete proposals like joint training camps or exchange programmes were made. The representatives of both the national hockey associations had then stated to seek the opinion of their respective national Olympic committees and Governments on this vision.
FIH firmly believes in the power of sport to act as a catalyst for peace and will therefore decisively continue to play an active role for this cause.
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