JOINT KOREAN WOMEN'S HOCKEY TEAM

JOINT KOREAN WOMEN'S HOCKEY TEAM

The joint Korean women's ice hockey team will move into athletes' residences for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics ahead of schedule, the sport's South Korean governing body said Tuesday.

 

The 35 players had initially been scheduled to enter Gangneung Olympic Village, one of two athletes' living quarters for the Olympics, the following day. Instead, the Korea Ice Hockey Association (KIHA) said the team will travel to Gangneung, about 230 kilometers east of Seoul, right after the game against Sweden. "After the game and interviews with coaches and players, the team is expected to arrive in Gangneung around 1 or 2 a.m. Monday," a KIHA official said.

 

"The team officials say they'd like to keep the players together to help them bond," the official added. "But it requires approval from the two governments and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). We're still discussing the issue." The Koreas agreed to a joint team on Jan. 17, and the IOC gave its stamp of approval three days later. The North Korean players, joined by their own coach Pak Chol-ho and two support staff members, arrived in South Korea last Thursday.

 

In addition to assembling the joint hockey team, the Koreas had also agreed to stage cultural events ahead of PyeongChang 2018, the first Winter Olympics to take place in South Korea, but the North abruptly called off a joint cultural event set to take place in Mount Kumgang, north of the border. The KIHA official said the North's move hasn't had any negative influence on the hockey team.

 

Source: www.english.yonhapnews.co.kr

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