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July 24, 1988

NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (IOC) TO ROH TAE-WOO, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA ON THE 1988 SEOUL OLYMPICS

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    Letter from the President of the IOC, Juan Antonio Samaranch, to the President of the ROK, Roh Tae-Woo, thanking President Roh for his efforts to host a successful Olympic Games in Seoul.
    "Note from the President of International Olympic Committee (IOC) to Roh Tae-Woo, President of the Republic of Korea on the 1988 Seoul Olympics," July 24, 1988, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, International Olympic Committee Archives (Switzerland), SEOUL’ 88, POLITICAL MATTERS 1988-89; SEOUL ’88/ POLITIQUE (JANVIER – JUILLET). Obtained for NKIDP by Sergey Radchenko. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/113531
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COMITE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIQUE
CHATEU DE VIDY, 1007 LAUSANNE, SUISSE

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THE PRESIDENT The Honorable Mr. Tae-Woo ROH,
President,
CONFIDENTIAL Republic of Korea,
The Blue House,
SEOUL / Republic of Korea

Lausanne, 24th July 1988

Dear Mr. President and Friend,

May I thank you very much for your kind letter of 20th July 1988, which H.E. Ambassador Lee delivered to me this morning.

This gives me yet another opportunity to reconfirm the full and complete support of the International Olympic Committee in the efforts to ensure the greatest possible success of the Games of the XXIVth Olympiad in Seoul.

As I look back on our efforts since Seoul was designated as the host city for these Games, almost seven years ago, I am more and more convinced that the Games will be the best in our Olympic history and involve the participation of a record number of National Olympic Committe[e]s.

May I also take this occasion to say how much the IOC Executive Board, meeting in Lausanne today, and I personally, appreciate the recent initiatives taken by you on 7th July 1988 and by the National Assembly on 1st July 1988. These are steps of statesmanship and understanding which we hope will bear fruit.

I look forward to meeting with you again soon in Seoul and I extend my very best wishes to you and your family.
Yours sincerely,


Juan Antonio SAMARANCH