Korea may get North to co-host Olympic ski events

Jun 25, 2017, 01:55
Korea may get North to co-host Olympic ski events

South Korea's new sports minister is pushing to form an inter-Korean women's hockey team ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. The dialogue with North Korea is a part of newly elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in's policy, aimed at reconciliation on the Korean peninsula.

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.

South Korea considered sharing some events at the Seoul 1988 Olympics with the North.

The proposal could receive criticism from the United States, which is reeling from the death of Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia student who was arrested by North Korea in 2015 for allegedly stealing a propaganda sign during his trip to the country.

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North Korea's numerous missile launches that have been aimed to hit Japan or South Korea are also a concern for many global sports communities, according to The New York Times.

"We are more than willing to talk about the ideas that he is proposing because the Olympic is always willing to build bridges and bringing down walls".

According to the Korea Herald, he will discuss the possibility of North Korea hosting competitions at the Masikryong ski resort.

Moon has expressed a desire to use the February 9-25 Pyeongchang Olympics to reach out to North Korea, with relations between the two at their lowest point in decades.

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"Sharing some Pyeongchang Olympics events with the North is simply out of question", he added.

Respondents also chose their most anticipated South Korean athlete of the Winter Games, with two-time Olympic long-track speed skating 500m champion Lee Sang-Hwa receiving the most votes of 79.

In April, the National Hockey League announced that it would not halt the season to participate in the next Winter Olympics scheduled to be held in South Korea in February 2018.

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