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Koreas to form their first joint Olympic team for Winter Games

/ 09:21 PM January 17, 2018

FILE – In this Feb. 10, 2006, file photo, Korea flag-bearer’s Bora Lee and Jong-In Lee, carrying a unification flag lead their teams into the stadium during the 2006 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Turin, Italy. North Korea plans to send a spotlight-stealing delegation to next month’s Winter Olympics in the South Korean county of Pyeongchang. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

South Korea says the rival Koreas have agreed to form their first joint Olympic team and have their athletes march together during the opening ceremony of next month’s Winter Olympics in the South.

Seoul’s Unification Ministry says the Koreas reached the agreement during talks Wednesday at the border village of Panmunjom.

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It says athletes from the two Koreas will march together under a “unification flag” depicting their peninsula during the opening ceremony and will field a single women’s ice hockey team.

The measures require approval by the International Olympic Committee. The South Korean ministry says the two Koreas will consult with the IOC this weekend.

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TAGS: 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, North Korea, Olympics, South Korea, Sports, Winter Olympics
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