Two Koreas agree to form joint women’s ice hockey team for PyeongChang 2018


South and North Korea have agreed to form
a joint women’s ice-hockey team for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. It’s the first time the two Korea’s will compete
as a joint team at an Olympic event,… but the move has sparked controversy in South
Korea for the negative impact it may have on the South Korean athletes. Park Soyun, reports. The two Koreas have agreed to form a joint
women’s ice hockey team and march together under a united flag at the opening ceremony
of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Seoul’s Unification Ministry said South and
North Korea reached a consensus during inter-Korea talks held at Panmunjeom on Wednesday. The two Koreas have marched together at previous
games, but it is the first time a joint team has been formed at the Olympics. South Korean President Moon Jae-in said a
unified hockey team would be a “historic event” that would move people around the world. The President said he hopes the PyeongChang
Olympics is a great opportunity to help thaw relations between the two Koreas. It is speculated that a maximum of eight players
from the North will be added to the ice hockey team, with a high possibility that two or
three North Korean players could play as substitute players. But the proposal has received an icy response
from around South Korea, highlighting a broader lack of enthusiasm for the government’s plans. The coach of the women’s ice hockey team Sarah
Murray told reporters that there may be “damage” to the team chemistry with new players being
added so close to the Olympics — the current South Korean women’s ice hockey team have
been preparing together for the last four years. The agreements reached by South and North
Korea require approval by the International Olympic Committee. Delegates from the two Koreas will meet with
IOC officials in Switzerland on Saturday to discuss the North’s participation in the games. Park Soyun, Arirang News.

3 thoughts on “Two Koreas agree to form joint women’s ice hockey team for PyeongChang 2018

  1. Its just Ice Hockey!! The South Team was already not much anyway. Sacrifice your ego for the spirit of unification you puck pushers!

  2. Everyone in this world except stupid Koreans hates this sort of political performance. Do you think any of the Hockey team should agree to this overrule?

  3. They enter petty games lots of intertainment and the Olympics are a freak show . They have no intention s of peace talks a sham to slither in . We be standing in the back hollering customers come here for u shots customers come here .

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