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In a symbolic move, North and South Korea will field a unified women’s hockey team at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported Wednesday.
North Korea accepted the South’s proposal to create a unified Olympic team during border talks Wednesday. The details for the unprecedented feat will be hammered out in discussions with the International Olympic Committee, which is working out the specifics for North Korea’s participation in the Winter Olympics.
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The two Koreas also agreed to march together under a unified Korean banner during the opening ceremony at the Olympics. Athletes from the two sides will also train together.
South Korean Sports Minister Do Jong-hwan first proposed forming a unified Olympic team last June, and the idea received support from South Korean President Moon Jae-in. The idea faded as North Korea spouted aggressive rhetoric and engaged in regular ballistic and nuclear provocations.
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The idea resurfaced at the first talks in two years last week.
While South Korean officials consider the creation of a unified Olympic team a simple matter, athletes and coaches are concerned, arguing that players who have earned a spot at the Olympics will be sent to the sidelines for the liberal government’s sports diplomacy.
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