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20TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION OF TWO KOREAS MARCHING AS ONE AT THE 2000 SYDNEY OLYMPICS

Tuesday, 15 September 2020
Dr Fiona Martin MP, Member for Reid, was pleased to attend the National Unification Advisory Council’s special exhibition to mark the 20th anniversary of South and North Korea marching under the same flag at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
 
Dr Martin said that the exhibition highlighted the critical efforts of reconciliation first instigated at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
 
“Twenty years ago, one of the highlights of the Sydney Olympic Games was seeing North and South Korea march together under the Korean Unification Flag. It was an emotional moment witnessed by the world, and it reminds us that sport serves an important role in opening a dialogue of peace and reconciliation,” Dr Martin stated.
 
Dr Martin stated that she was proud to be present at the exhibition to represent the people of Reid.
 
“The electorate of Reid is home to the iconic Sydney Olympic Park where this historic event took place, but it is also home to over 12,000 Korean Australians who make up a vibrant part of our local community,” Dr Martin said.
 
“Our Korean Australian community continues to promote peace on the Korean peninsula, and I commend the work of the National Unification Advisory Council in making this event possible despite the limitations of the coronavirus pandemic.”
 
Mr Sangwoo Hong, Consulate-General of the Republic of Korea, said that the exhibition offered those present an opportunity for reflection.
 
“At this critical juncture, it is especially important to reflect on the significance of the two Koreas’ joint entrance into the 2000 Sydney Olympics,” Mr Hong said.
 
“This exhibition is a way for us to reflect on the Olympic spirit and the importance of peace on the Korean Peninsula. It is my hope that the Olympic spirit of the two Koreas’ first joint march made here at the Sydney Olympics will continue in the next Olympic Games and that it will act as a catalyst that helps bring lasting peace.”

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