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  • August, 1973

    Taiwanese Response to the IOC Concerning the PRC’s Application, 'Referring PRC’s Application [sic]'

    Taiwanese sports officials complain in response to the People's Republic of China's application to join the Asian Games Federation. The PRC sought to be recognized as the sole representative of "China," effectively ejecting the Republic of China from the organization. The Taiwanese officials sought to present Taiwan as an independent country, which should be permitted to participate alongside the PRC in the Asian Games.

  • August 07, 1973

    All-China Sports Federation Application for Chinese Membership in the Asian Games Federation

    After withdrawing from international sports events during the Cultural Revolution, the People's Republic of China recreated ties with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) through the Asian Games. In the application, the PRC asserted it's right to represent all of China "including the Taiwan province" and be recognized as "the sole legitimate organization representing China."

  • September 18, 1973

    Iranian-Japanese Motion to the Asian Games Federation on the Participation of the People's Republic of China

    Motion for the acceptance of the People's Republic of China into the Asian Games Federation.

  • November 16, 1973

    Speech to the Asian Games Federation Council by Hassan Rassouli, Secretary-General of the Iranian Organizing Committee

    Hassan Rassouli, secretary-general of the Iranian organizing committee and director-general of the governmental Iranian Physical Education Organization, makes a speech in support of the People's Republic of China's application to the Asian Games Federation. Rassouli offered a pan-Asian discourse that members could use to publically legitimize their pro-PRC decision by claiming that they were fighting against Western paternalism in sports affairs.

  • February 09, 1974

    Xinhua News Agency, 'Decision of All-China Sports Federation on Participation in Seventh Asian Games'

    A Xinhua News Agency press release on the meeting congratulated the Asian Games Federation on its decision to expel the "Chiang Kai-shek clique" (the Republic of China) and invited Taiwanese athletes to participate in the PRC’s team, a decision which would indicate acceptance of the PRC’s control over Taiwanese sports affairs.

  • November 29, 1984

    Letter from Fidel Castro to the President of the International Olympic Committee Juan Antonio Samaranch

    Letter from Cuban leader Fidel Castro the President of the International Olympic Committee Juan Antonio Samaranch on the 1988 Seoul Olympics

  • December 04, 1984

    Letter from International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Juan Antonio Samaranch to Fidel Castro

    Letter from Juan Antonio Samaranch, President of the International Olympic Committee, to Cuban leader Fidel Castro on the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul

  • January 06, 1985

    Letter from the President of British Committee For Supporting Korea’s Reunification to the President of International Olympic Committee (IOC).

    A letter from the British Committee For Supporting Korea's Unification, a pro-DPRK group, urging the IOC to move the 1988 Summer Olympics out of Seoul and to another country.

  • January 30, 1985

    Note from the President of International Olympic Committee (IOC) to the President of British Committee For Supporting Korea’s Reunification

    A letter from IOC President Samaranch to the British Committee For Supporting Korea's Unification indicating receipt of their letter and that their request was "duly noted."

  • July 16, 1985

    Report by International Olympic Committee Vice President on his Trip to North Korea

    A report from IOC Vice President Kumar regarding his trip to North Korea. He addresses attempts to ease tensions between North Korea and South Korea over the staging of the 1988 Summer Olympics and to determine if the two countries would be able to work together on the event.

  • July 25, 1985

    Interview with Fidel Castro

    A portion of an interview with Fidel Castro by Mervyn Dymally, an American politician, where Castro discusses his view that the 1988 Summer Olympic games in Seoul should be a joint effort between North and South Korea.

  • July 31, 1985

    Letter from the Permanent Mission of the ROK, Geneva to International Olympic Committee President regarding the USSR, Cuba and North Korea’s position on the 1988 Olympics

    A letter to IOC President Samaranch from Ambassador Kun Park regarding the Soviet, Cuban and North Korean governments' positions on the 1988 Summer Olympics.

  • July 31, 1985

    Information Note from the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Vice President to the IOC President with a copy of the party manifesto on the 1988 Olympic games by the North Korean Communist Party

    IOC Vice President Kumar provides IOC President Samaranch with a copy of the North Korean Communist Party's manifesto on the 1988 Summer Olympic Games.

  • August 28, 1985

    Memorandum of Meetings held between the International Olympic Committee President and Roh Tae-Woo

    Memorandum on meetings between IOC President Samaranch and South Korean President Roh Tae-Woo. The two discuss efforts to compromise with North Korea's positions on their involvement on the 1988 Summer Olympics.

  • September 19, 1985

    Letter from the National Olympic Committee President of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to the International Olympic Committee President

    A letter from the Chinese Olympic Committee to IOC President Samaranch urging the IOC to accede to North Korean demands that part of the 1988 Summer Olympics be held in the North.

  • September 30, 1985

    Note from the International Olympic Committee President to the National Olympic Committee President of China, People’s Republic of (PRC)

    A letter from the IOC President Samaranch to the President of the Chinese Olympic Committee confirming receipt of a previous letter and thanking him for his advice and support.

  • September 30, 1985

    The Proposal by the Olympic Committee of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

    The proposal from North Korea's Olympic Committee laying out their desires for the staging and operation of the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. The North Korean Olympic Committee desired a sharing of the events between North and South Korea.

  • October 08, 1985

    Ichiro Ogimura and Young C. Kim's Efforts to Facilitate the 1988 Olympic Games

    Letters from Ichiro Ogimura to IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch and DPRK NOC President Kum Yu Sun on Ogimura and Young C. Kim's efforts to facilitate the 1988 Olympic Games.

  • October 08, 1985

    Meeting between the National Olympic Committees of the ROK and of the DPRK held under the Aegis of the International Olympic Committee

    Minutes of meetings between the National Olympic Committees of North and South Korea, with IOC President Samaranch present. The groups discussed the co-hosting of the 1988 Summer Olympic Games.

  • November 05, 1985

    Note from the International Olympic Committee President to the DPRK’s National Olympic Committee

    Note from IOC President Samaranch to North Korea's Olympic Committee regarding an upcoming meeting.