Two Koreas to march together at Winter Olympics opening ceremony — IOC

Galtero Lara
Enero 21, 2018

IOC President Thomas Bach today announced that a delegation from the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will participate at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

Bach said the IOC had talked with Olympic officials from both countries separately since 2014 to see if the Pyenongchang Games could be the catalyst for peace-making.

"Athletes from both Koreas marched together at global sports events about nine times so far", South Korean Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Do Jong-whan said on Monday, as quoted by the Chosun Ilbo.

On Wednesday the countries agreed to march together under a Korean unification flag in the February 9 opening ceremony. The two nations are also agreeing to form one joint female ice hockey team. The acronym for the team will be "COR".

The united women's ice hockey team called "COR" will be comprised of 35 players, but only 22 of them, selected by a South Korean coach, will take part in each game. In all other sports, the athletes will compete for their respective NOC in their respective uniforms.

"We sent a document [to the North] via the Panmunjom communications channel demanding an explanation for the North's cancellation to dispatch its cultural advance inspection team", Unification Minister Cho Myung-gyon said in a press briefing at the ministry, as cited by Yonhap.

Traditional Korean folk song "Arirang" has been decided as the national anthem.

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None of the 42 Russian athletes handed lifetime Olympic bans for doping at Sochi remain on the list, with 39 of them set for an appeals hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport next week in Geneva.

No North Korean athlete had technically qualified for Pyeongchang, so Saturday's announcement required extending qualification deadlines in the sports concerned.

Two additional places have been allocated in short track speedskating, the International Olympic Committee said, with one going to Jong Kwang-bom and the other to Choe Un-song, both men.

"This is about the Olympic spirit", Adams added.

"Today marks a milestone on a long journey", International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said. "The Olympic Winter Games are hopefully opening the door to a brighter future on the Korean peninsula". "Today is a great moment for the Olympic Movement, because the Olympic spirit has brought us all together".

The ministers of both the countries discussed the preparations for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, as well as the ongoing military talks between the two Koreas.

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