Wednesday, 8 July 2020

South and North Korean Athletes to March as One at Olympics

MACAU, CHINA:  Athletes from both North and South Korea walk together under a unified Korean flag at the Macau Stadium during the opening ceremony of  the 4th East Asian Games in Macau, 29 October 2005.  The Games will be held 29 October to 06 November.  AFP PHOTO/Antony DICKSON  (Photo credit should read ANTONY DICKSON/AFP/Getty Images)
MACAU, CHINA: Athletes from both North and South Korea walk together under a unified Korean flag at the Macau Stadium during the opening ceremony of the 4th East Asian Games in Macau, 29 October 2005. The Games will be held 29 October to 06 November. AFP PHOTO/Antony DICKSON (Photo credit should read ANTONY DICKSON/AFP/Getty Images)

SEOUL: The details of how North Korea will participate in the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea are still being worked out – but the two countries say their athletes will march together at the opening ceremony, under a unification flag.

The two countries will also form a unified women’s hockey team to compete at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February. North Korea will send a cheering squad of 230 people to support athletes who make the trip.

South and North Korean Athletes to March as One at Olympics

“Cheering squads are typically made up of college-aged students and volunteers,” Elise reports. “On Monday the two Koreas agreed that a North Korean orchestra, singers and dancers would come to the South to perform during the games.”

South Korea’s athletes have previously marched alongside their North Korean counterparts at several Olympics, including the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics in Sydney and Athens, respectively, as well as the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.

News of the 2018 plan to march together emerged from meetings held by North and South Korea at the Peace House in the border village of Panmunjom, where they’ve been discussing the pariah regime’s inclusion in the games.

North Korea also says it will send a delegation to the Paralympic Games that will follow February’s Winter Olympics, according to updates from South Korea’s Ministry of Unification.

The last time South Korea hosted the Olympics was in 1988; despite attempts to arrange for North Korea to participate, the regime didn’t send any athletes to those games in Seoul.

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