Koreas to field joint teams at Asian Games

first_imgNorth Korea’s Hwang Chung Gum and South Korea’s Won Yun-jong arrive during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)North and South Korea will field joint teams in three sports — canoeing, rowing and women’s basketball — at the Asian Games, organizers said Thursday, in the latest sign of thawing tensions.The two countries will also march together at the opening and closing ceremonies for the showpiece event being held in Indonesia from August 18-September 2, they added.ADVERTISEMENT South Korea’s national Olympic committee previously told AFP that the country’s governing bodies for basketball, judo, canoe, gymnastics, table tennis, rowing and soft tennis had expressed an interest in running combined teams.Seoul and Pyongyang agreed this month to form unified teams for some sports though the specifics were only confirmed Thursday after a meeting in Jakarta between the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), Games organizers and representatives from the two Koreas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We won’t add any more (sports),” Games deputy chairman Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin told reporters after the meeting Thursday.“We have to be strict with scheduling so there will be no more changes.” The athletes from the Koreas will march under a neutral Korean peninsula flag and under the “Korea” name.Further details about logistics would come later, Sjamsoeddin added.“The meeting was very friendly and enthusiastic, and was based on a spirit of togetherness of the two countries,” Sjamsoeddin said.The two Koreas formed their first-ever unified Olympic team — a joint women’s ice hockey squad — for February’s Winter Games in the South Korean resort of Pyeongchang.It provoked a backlash in the South, on the grounds that Seoul was depriving its own athletes of the chance to compete on the Olympic stage.ADVERTISEMENT Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town LATEST STORIES ‘Major concern’ for TNT ahead of crucial game as key cogs fulfill Gilas duties Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ultimately the sight of North and South Korean skaters wearing the same jersey and passing the puck to each other drew emotive responses from spectators and quickly became an Olympic favorite, despite the team being thrashed in all five of their matches.Ties between the neighbors have been warming since the Winter Olympics, with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreeing at a historic summit in April to jointly participate in international sports events.This month, Kim and US President Donald Trump held a summit in Singapore.The three-team plan comes after the OCA had earlier dismissed the idea of granting extra places for unified Korean teams at an event which will see about 10,000 athletes compete in 40 sports — the second-biggest multi-sport event behind the Olympics.The Games will be held in Indonesia’s capital and Palembang on Sumatra island.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img

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