Koreas to march under 'unified Korea' flag at Olympics


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North and South Korea will form a joint women’s ice hockey team and march under one unified flag during the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, according to Bloomberg. The 2018 Winter Olympics is being hosted in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang.

South Korean Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Do Jong-hwan, said the government would ask Olympic organizers to expand the ice hockey team from 23 members to more than 30.

The number and names of North Korean athletes, as well as ceremonial matters such as the make up of the flag that North Korea will compete under, anthem and uniforms will be decided by an International Olympic Committee this weekend.

However, according to Reuters, a senior official with the Korea Ice Hockey Association said “They [South Korean athletes] were just furious and found the idea absurd.”

More than 70 percent of South Koreans oppose a joint Olympics team with North Korea according to a January 11 survey released by South Korean television network SBS. At the same time, over 80 percent said they welcomed N. Korea’s general participation in the Olympics.

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