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Despite recent cooperation among North Korea and South Korea, including the unification of Olympic teams for the opening ceremonies and several sports during the 2018 Winter Olympics held in Pyeong-Chang, South Korea, athletes from North Korea remain unregistered for the 2019 FINA World Championships, which will take place this August in Gwangju, South Korea.
The possible absence of North Korea from the 2019 World Championships inspired FINA and the Organizing Committee in Gwangju to hold a press conference on May 23rd in Gwangju “in order to underline the importance of DPR Korea (PRK) presence in the FINA showcase,” per a FINA press release.
With only 50 days remaining until the start of the 18th FINA World Championships, the hesitation of the DPRK also now throws into question future sporting events North and South Korea have stated they will unify for, including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and the 2032 Olympic Games, which the two countries once expressed interest in launching a joint bid to host.
FINA and the Gwangju Organizing Committee’s “joint declaration” requesting the participation of the North Korean delegation is copied below:
Good news for the aquatic sports fans around the globe, the 17th FINA World Swimming Championships 2017 is finally here!
FINA 2017 started on July 14th with over 3,000 participants from 100+ nations fighting for the top spots in high diving, swimming, water polo and more. The championship is scheduled to be concluded on 30th July 2017.
What does this mean for you? 17 whole days of fun and excitement!
This year, the 17th aquatic championship is being held in the central European country, Hungary. As always, the competition is going to be held at the venues in Budapest and Balatonfüred.
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Gold medals aren’t the top prize at the 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships.
The meet, held every two years, starts Friday in Gwangju, South Korea, and is the first opportunity for divers to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.