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International Olympic Committee 'considering joint Korea hockey team'

13 January 2018, 11:07 | Edward Lowe

International Olympic Committee 'considering joint Korea hockey team'

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A senior South Korean official said on Friday that Seoul is seeking to form a joint women's ice hockey team with North Korea to participate in next month's Winter Olympics being hosted by the South.

The proposals were not made public at the time, but they heighten a sense of soaring optimism about the Games since the North confirmed its attendance during the rare, high-level talks on Tuesday.

North Korea has yet to comment on the South's offer, which is in the spirit of the original deal and even goes beyond it. It will arrive at the PyeongChang Olympic stadium for the opening ceremony on February ninth.

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The two Koreas, who are still technically at war, marched together at the opening ceremonies of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the 2004 Athens Games and the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.

North Korea has agreed to take part in the games in South Korea.

It would be chaired by International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, on January 20, it was announced on Wednesday.

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Jarrod Agen, Pence's deputy chief of staff, said Pence would travel to the Olympics "to reinforce the strong USA presence on the Korean Peninsula and send a clear message of American resolve to the North Korean regime". Cross-country skiers and speed skaters are understood to be among those who could benefit.

The ceremony is to mark the first arrival of the Olympic torch at the Seoul Sports Complex in Jamsil.

They previously formed unified teams in 1991, at the World Table Tennis Championships and the FIFA World Youth Championship both held that year. For the team event, countries must be inside the top 10 in the ISU's qualification points and also must have qualified in three of the other four individual events - pairs, ice dance, men's singles and women's singles.

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South Korea has qualified skaters in ice dance, men's singles and women's singles.



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