South Korea proposes unified Olympic women's ice hockey team with North Korea

Federico Mansilla
Enero 13, 2018

North Korea's International Olympics Committee (IOC) official said it is considering South Korea's proposal for a united female hockey team, Yonhap news agency reported on Saturday (Jan 13).

The offer has not been confirmed by North Korea officials yet, but they have announced that a delegation will be sent to compete at the Winter Olympics - including a "cheering squad" - in what is seen as a major step forwards in improving relations between the two nations.

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.

A joint march at the opening ceremony would be a stunning statement for the so-dubbed "Peace Olympics", which will open about 80 kms from the heavily fortified Korean border on February 9.

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