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SKorean president calls for NKorean Olympic participation

SKorean president calls for NKorean Olympic participation

Do has reportedly already begun discussions with the International Olympic Committee about possible ways to ensure North Korea's participation.

Jang Woong, the North's delegate to the International Olympic Committee, will meet IOC president Mr Bach in South Korea next week.

The idea reflects a larger effort by South Korea's newly elected President Moon Jae-in, who seeks to revive the old "sunshine policy" whereby South Korea makes overtures of friendship and unity to the North to ease military tensions.

According to Yonhap, Do has suggested a combined Korean women's ice hockey team to ensure North Korea's involvement.

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 organizing committee of Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 has officially appointed BIGBANG's Taeyang as the ambassador for the upcoming global sports event at a ceremony at Seoul Press Center.

A liberal candidate from the Democratic Party, Moon has pledged greater dialogue with North Korea in a bid to reduce tensions.




Earlier this month, Pyongyang rejected an offer by a South Korean civic group to provide anti-malaria supplies, the first cross border exchange approved by Seoul since January 2016.

South Korea is of course dominant in short track.

However, the pivot towards reconciliation with North Korea could raise eyebrows in the U.S., where President Donald Trump's early days in office have been marked by heightened tension with the communist state.

The two teams regularly play each other in friendlies and at worldwide competitions.

A report by the Washington Post on Wednesday revealed that South Korea, host of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, could ask its controversial neighbors North Korea to help co-host the famed sporting event come February.

John Delury, a professor at Yonsei University's Graduate School of International Relations, said the games were an appropriate venue to at least try to mend ties. "The Olympic movement is always about building bridges, never about erecting walls", said an IOC spokesperson.

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