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South and North Korea have agreed to form a joint women’s ice-hockey team for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
It’s the first time the two Korea’s will compete as a joint team at an Olympic event,… but the move has sparked controversy in South Korea for the negative impact it may have on the South Korean athletes.
Park Soyun, reports.
The two Koreas have agreed to form a joint women’s ice hockey team and march together under a united flag at the opening ceremony of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
Seoul’s Unification Ministry said South and North Korea reached a consensus during inter-Korea talks held at Panmunjeom on Wednesday.
The two Koreas have marched together at previous games, but it is the first time a joint team has been formed at the Olympics.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said a unified hockey team would be a “historic event” that would move people around the world.
The President said he hopes the PyeongChang Olympics is a great opportunity to help thaw relations between the two Koreas.
It is speculated that a maximum of eight players from the North will be added to the ice hockey team, with a high possibility that two or three North Korean players could play as substitute players.
But the proposal has received an icy response from around South Korea, highlighting a broader lack of enthusiasm for the government’s plans.
The coach of the women’s ice hockey team Sarah Murray told reporters that there may be “damage” to the team chemistry with new players being added so close to the Olympics — the current South Korean women’s ice hockey team have been preparing together for the last four years.
The agreements reached by South and North Korea require approval by the International Olympic Committee.
Delegates from the two Koreas will meet with IOC officials in Switzerland on Saturday to discuss the North’s participation in the games.
Park Soyun, Arirang News.
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