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

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Chang also told reporters at Beijing's worldwide airport that "the IOC is likely to consider" South Korea's proposal to form a joint women's ice hockey team and the size of North Korea's delegation to be sent to Pyeongchang will be decided by its national Olympic committee.

North Korea offered to hold a working-level meeting with South Korea next week to discuss details of its plan to send an art troupe to the South during next month's PyeongChang Winter Olympics, the unification ministry said Saturday.

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

Media reports said North and South Korean officials would continue their discussions on Olympic arrangements on Monday in Panmunjom. The North has yet to respond to that offer as well. "Since there have been few exchanges between the two Koreas, there are many minor issues to be dealt with". In 1991, they joined forces at the World Table Tennis championships and the football under-20 World Cup.

Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence will lead the US delegation to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, next month, a senior White House official said Wednesday.


Roh said he would seek International Olympic Committee support for the ice hockey proposal and hoped other countries taking part in the competition would give a unified Korean team their blessing.

Instead, the South Korean authorities are expected to seek permission to expand the size of its squad from the existing 23 players to 35.


Founders of Hirsch's, Allan and Margaret Hirsch, had the honour of carrying the Olympic Torch at the start of the torch-carrying marathon that will culminate in the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics taking place in South Korea from 9 to 25 February. From left: Kim Ju-sik of North Korea, Kim Kyu-eun of South Korea, Ryom Tae-ok of North Korea and Kam Kang-chan of South Korea.


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