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North Korea Will Send Team to Winter Olympics in South Korea

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From left: Claudia Bach, wife of IOC President Thomas Bach; POCOG President, Lee Hee-beom; and IOC President, Thomas Bach; along with PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Mascots. Photo: PyeongChang 2018 © POCOG

North Korea will send a team to next year’s Winter Olympics in South Korea, the country’s IOC member Chang Ung told reporters at the Asian Winter Games in Sapporo.

“There is no reason why we won’t come to Pyeongchang and no reason why we can’t,” Chang told Japanese media. “We will proceed according to the Olympic Charter.”

The North Koreans boycotted the 1988 Summer Games held in Seoul, but have sent teams to Asian Games hosted in the South in 2002 and 2014. The two countries have also shown solidarity at recent Olympics, marching together under one flag in the 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Games.

This story first appeared in the blog, The Sport Intern. The editor is Karl-Heinz Huba of Lorsch, Germany. He can be reached at ISMG@aol.com. The article is reprinted here with permission of Huba.

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