South Korea proposes unified Olympic women's ice hockey team with North Korea

South Korea proposes unified Olympic women's ice hockey team with North Korea

Yolanda Curtis
January 13, 2018

This offer comes on the heels of a landmark deal between the warring nations that allows North Korea to send a delegation of athletes, fans, and high-ranking government officials to the South for the upcoming Olympics in Pyeongchang.

North Korea's International Olympic Committee representative said Saturday there is still work left to be done for the country's participation in next month's Winter Olympic Games in South Korea.

South Korea's unification ministry and sports and tourism ministry, however, both said they have no knowledge of the matter.

The statement not only covers the North's participation in the Olympics, it also says that the two sides "agreed to collaborate in facilitating reconciliation and unity by easing military tensions, and to establish a peaceful environment", including by holding military talks.

Following the first inter-Korean talks this week in more than two years, the two sides had agreed to hold talks on January 20, hosted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

"The OCA is heartened by the announcement on Tuesday and looks forward to seeing the flags of two of our member National Olympic Committees flying high together at PyeongChang 2018". In 1991, they joined forces at the World Table Tennis championships and the football under-20 World Cup.

The women's ice hockey teams in the North and South aren't unfamiliar with each other. Joining teams would make that issue moot and allow even more North Korean athletes to compete. South Korea are grouped with Sweden, Switzerland and Japan in the women's tournament.

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