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North Korean Olympic Delegation, a Historic Presence in South Korea

Seoul, Feb 1 (Prensa Latina) The participation of North Korean athletes in the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea has been described as unprecedented, historic and necessary for peace.
Three alpine and three long-distance skiers, and two artistic and two speed skaters from Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) are already training in South Korea prior to the games.

Other delegation members are 12 players who will join a single Korean women's ice hockey team and who are already training in South Korea.

The Winter Olympics will take place from February 9 to 25 in the city of PyeongChang, some 180 kilometers east of this capital.

If everything goes as planned, the two Koreas will compete under the Korean Unification flag, by virtue of an agreement reached by authorities from the two countries and approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Top officials from the two governments met on January 9, 15 and 17 in Panmunjom, on the common border.

Most Koreans from either side of the border and the international community have described these steps as positive, especially when a peaceful solution to the nuclear crisis on the peninsula seemed far away.

Despite detractors from the most conservative sectors in South Korea and other parts of Asia and the world, betting on peace seems to prevail under the aegis of sports.


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