Korean Proposal for Joint Olympic Teams Up for Approval at IOC Meeting

Published March 12th, 2019 - 03:19 GMT
The proposal will need the approval of the IOC Executive Board
The proposal will need the approval of the IOC Executive Board

A proposal by South Korea and North Korea to form multiple joint teams for qualification for the next Summer Olympics will be up for approval at an upcoming International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting, Seoul's sports ministry was quoted as saying by Yonhap on Monday.

Following a tripartite meeting with the IOC on Feb. 15, the two Koreas decided to combine teams in four sports in which they hope to compete as a unified Korea at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. They are women's basketball, women's field hockey, judo and rowing.

According to the ministry, this proposal will need the approval of the IOC Executive Board, whose next meeting is scheduled for March 26-28 in Lausanne, Switzerland, said Yonhap.

If those teams qualify, Tokyo 2020 will be the first Summer Olympics in which the Koreas will have unified teams.

At last year's PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea, the two Koreas had a joint team in women's ice hockey.

South Korea had an automatic berth in the tournament as the host nation, and 12 North Korean players were added to the South Korean squad of 23 players just a couple of weeks before the start of the Olympics, according to the same source.


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