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World Cup May Be No-Smoking Event

July 3, 2001

GENEVA (AP) _ The World Health Organization hopes Japan will join South Korea in banning tobacco from next year’s World Cup.

South Korean Foreign Minister Han Seung-soo was in Geneva on Tuesday to negotiate details of Seoul’s commitment, WHO spokeswoman Gabriela Bagozzi said Tuesday.

``South Korea and WHO have come to an agreement to have the 2002 World Cup completely tobacco-free _ no smoking, no advertising, etc.,″ Bagozzi said.

WHO was still ``fully in negotiation″ with Japan on Tuesday, she said. ``We don’t know if Japan will agree.″

South Korean officials said in Seoul last week they planned to ban smoking inside World Cup stadiums under a program to make the tournament environmentally clean.

Seoul organizers said they were discussing the ban with Japanese organizers and soccer’s governing body.

Japan and South Korea are co-hosts of the 2002 World Cup, the first to be held in Asia. The two countries will stage 32 games each during the tournament, which runs May 31-June 30.

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