UN Sports Special Advisor Visits North Korea

Special Senior Advisor of the United Nations Office of Sports for Development and Peace, Wilfried Lemke reportedly visited North Korea raising hopes for a formation of joint South and North Korean team in the 2015 Gwangju Summer Universiade.

American-sponsored Radio Free Asia quoted UN Deputy Spokesman, Eduardo Del Buey reported that Mr. Lemke had left North Korea yesterday after visiting the country on July 6th at the request of North Korea.

Special Advisor Lemke arrived in Pyongyang on the 6th and was welcomed by the Minister of Sports in North Korea, Shon Gwang-ho. Together, they toured Masikryeong Ski Resort currently under construction in Gangwon province and other sports facilities in the country.

RFA also announced that Lemke discussed some of the ways to revitalize sports programs among female and disabled athletes in North Korea and his visit will offer hopes for Gwangju Universiade organizers to work on the formation of a unified South and North Korean team.

In the meantime, FISU approved the suggestion for the creation of a joint South and North Korean team for the 2015 Gwangju Summer Universiade in its general meeting on July 3rd.

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