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NORTH KOREA

IOC hails North Korea’s participation in Olympics as a ‘great step forward’

North Korea's decision to take part in the Winter Olympics in the South was a "great step forward", IOC chief Thomas Bach said on Tuesday.

IOC hails North Korea's participation in Olympics as a 'great step forward'
One of the venues for Pyeongchang 2018. Photo: Ed Jones/AFP
North Korea, which boycotted the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, will send its athletes to the Winter Games in the South, the rivals announced earlier on Tuesday after their first formal talks in more than two years following high tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme.
   
“These proposals mark a great step forward in the Olympic spirit,” said Bach.
   
The IOC will now wait for the “official reports and the official proposals from the Tuesday meeting”, an IOC spokesperson said.
   
“The IOC will then discuss these proposals in particular as far as the participation, the number and names of athletes from the NOC of DPRK, and the format of their participation (flag, anthem, ceremonies, etc.) are concerned.
   
“We will continue to have these discussions in a positive and constructive way. Following this consultation, the IOC EB (executive board) will take the relevant decisions.”

OLYMPICS

Olympics: ‘Super Dario’ wins Switzerland its first gold medal in South Korea

Dario Cologna has made Olympic history by winning the men’s 15km cross-country freestyle ski event for the third time in a row.

Olympics: ‘Super Dario’ wins Switzerland its first gold medal in South Korea
Dario Cologna celebrates on the podium. Photo: Odd Andersen/AFP
Cologna crossed the line 18 seconds ahead of Norway’s Simen Hegstad Krueger to take the gold medal in Pyeongchang, retaining the title he also won in Vancouver and Sochi.  
 
The 31-year-old from the Val Müstair in the canton of Graubünden becomes the first cross-country skier to win a hat trick in the same event. 
 
 
Now with a total of four gold medals to his name – he also won the skiathlon in Sochi – he also becomes Switzerland’s joint most successful Winter Olympian, along with ski jumper Simon Ammann. 
 
Also on Friday, Wendy Holdener became the first female Swiss skier in 24 years to win a medal in women's slalom when she took silver.