Two Koreas will march together at 2018 opening ceremony — IOC


Hyon's delegation had been expected in South Korea on Saturday, but North Korea canceled that plan Friday night before it proposed a two-day trip starting Sunday. The last time the two Koreas walked in as one was in the 2007 Asian Winter Games in China.

A Unification Ministry official said the North Korean cheerleaders will stay "near Pyeongchang".

"But coach Park also tried to reach higher on the flagpole". It was also reported that she may have been later executed by him in 2013.

"The local media and news industries should get their stories straight", they chanted. Being chosen as flagbearer came too abruptly and messed with her mental condition for the game. "The large Taegeukgi will be displayed throughout the Olympics", he added.

"We were both holding the flag together at the opening ceremony", recounted Choi, who was partnered with North Korean fencer Kim Hye-young for the task. "It was such a confusing moment".

The IOC's decision to open the way for North Korea's participation in the Pyeongchang Olympics has two objectives: achieving peace and putting on a good show.

The governments of North and South Korea were offered "sincere thanks" by IOC President Thomas Bach announcing the agreement.

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"There is no doubt about the sincerity and authenticity of the DPRK to improve the North-South relations and to ensure successful Olympics", KCNA said, referring to North Korea by its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The 22 athletes will compete in three sports and a total of five disciplines, including figure skating, short-track speed skating, cross-country skiing and Alpine skiing, in addition to hockey. Do also responded to concerns that the Pyeongchang event may be first Olympic Games where the flag of the host country (South Korea's Taegeukgi) does not make an appearance.

They will inspect accommodation, sports venues and the press center.

"During the joint entrance at the opening ceremony, the athletes will have Korean Peninsula flags on their chests and "Korea" written on the back of their uniforms", explained Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Do Jong-hwan at a press conference soon after his arrival at Incheon Airport on January 21.

In the interests of fairness, only 22 players will be entitled to play in each match, in line with the other teams, it said.

Some members of the women's ice hockey team took to Instagram to voice their opinion. International Ice Hockey Federation President René Fasel said that the benefits of increasing the roster for the unified inter-Korean team to 35 outweighed concerns about fairness. "There are even some players who might not be able to sit on the bench, so how can you tell us to accept this news happily?" The two countries have since held working-level talks.