SKorean president calls for NKorean Olympic participation

25 June, 2017, 01:51 | Author: Nora May
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Do stated that he intends to discuss possible ways to ensure North Korea's participation at Pyeongchang 2018 with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Do said he wants to meet with IOC President Thomas Bach and North Korea's IOC representative Chang Ung at the World Taekwondo Championships in Muju, North Joella Province late this month.

The South Korean minister cited North Korea's "top-class" Masikryong ski resort as a potential venue.

Among Jong-hwan's ideas are a women's hockey team comprised of both North and South Koreans to compete in the Games.

The NHL has no information that its players plan to take part in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, Daly told TASS.

Do said he is also considering holding some of the Winter Games events in North Korea's new ski resort.

South and nuclear-armed North Korea are separated by one of the world's most heavily armed borders, and remain technically at war.

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Pyongyang said it wouldn't allow the visit due to new United Nations sanctions against it that South Korea supported.

North Korea has made a decision to send its demonstration team to the World Taekwondo Championships, which will be held for three days from Saturday in Muju, North Jeolla Province.

"If the South Korean authorities continue to go for confrontation, refusing to accept this will and intention, we will make our own option".

The two teams regularly play each other in friendlies and at global competitions.

Also being considered are whether a unified female ice hockey team could be formed between the two Koreas or if North Korea's cheerleading squad could attend the winter games, set to be held February 9-25 in South Korea's northeastern region, the daily reported.

"We are now reviewing all the ideas put forth by the government and we look forward to discussing this with the International Olympic Committee during their next visit", said Nancy Park, a Pyeongchang 2018 spokesperson.

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