International Olympic Committee to decide on N.Korea in 2018 Winter Games

International Olympic Committee to decide on N.Korea in 2018 Winter Games

Reports indicate that agreement was reached for the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) to send a delegation composed of athletes, a martial arts demonstration team, high-level officials, supporters and journalists to the Olympics in Pyeongchang. In April 2017, South Korea allowed the North Korean team to travel to the South for the Women's World Championships in ice hockey. Reuters reported on Friday that South Korea has offered to combine their women's ice hockey team with North Korea's team, with the team competing jointly.

North Korea's International Olympic Committee representative said Saturday there is still work left to be done for the country's participation in next month's Winter Olympic Games in South Korea. The olympics will be held in Pyongchang from February 5-25.

North Korea boycotted the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, meaning Pyeongchang will be the first Olympics they have attended in the South.

There was no immediate response from North Korea to the proposals.

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The sole North Korean IOC member made the comments before flying back to Pyongyang after visiting Lausanne, where the IOC is headquartered.

Following the first inter-Korean talks this week in more than two years, the two sides had agreed to hold talks on 20 January, hosted by the International Olympic Committee. Cross-country skiers and speed skaters are understood to be among those who could benefit.

For the Pyeongchang hockey competition, Roh said South Korea wouldn't cut home-grown players from its squad in favour of North Koreans.

The Unification Ministry said it will make a reply after reviewing the proposal.

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