No joint Olympic march for Koreas

IOC says North and South Korea fail to agree format of joint march at Vancouver games.

    North and South Korea first marched together at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 [GALLO/GETTY]

    The march followed an historic summit in Pyongyang between the leaders of North and South Korea, seen as the high-point of a thaw in relations between the two countries.

    North and South Korean athletes repeated the unified march at the 2004 summer games in Athens and the winter games in Turin, Italy, two years later.

    Instead of national flags, they marched behind a flag showing an outline of the entire Korean peninsula.

    However, the teams marched separately in the opening of the Beijing Olympics in 2008 as relations between the two deteriorated once again over the North's nuclear programme.

    North and South Korea have been divided since the end of the Second World War in 1945.

    The two sides fought a bitter three-year war in the 1950s and remain officially at war, never having signed a peace treaty ending the conflict.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    All Hail The Algorithm

    All Hail The Algorithm

    A five-part series exploring the impact of algorithms on our everyday lives.

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    Prince Philip has done the world an extraordinary service by exposing the racist hypocrisy of "Western civilisation".

    China will determine the future of Venezuela

    China will determine the future of Venezuela

    There are a number of reasons why Beijing continues to back Maduro's government despite suffering financial losses.