Published: Sun, June 25, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

SKorean president calls for NKorean Olympic participation

SKorean president calls for NKorean Olympic participation

Pyeongchang 2018 will discuss plans for North Korea to stage competition during next year's Winter Olympic Games following a suggestion from the Government.

"As North Korea says its Masikryong ski resort is top class, I will look into ways (to hold some of the ski events there) through discussion with Jang Woong, North Korea's delegate to the International Olympic Committee", Do said during a visit to Pyeongchang on Tuesday, according to the JoongAng Ilbo.

Do plans to discuss the matter with Jang and IOC President Thomas Bach, both of whom are scheduled to visit South Korea later this month to attend the closing ceremony of an global Taekwondo competition.

Do Jong-hwan said he's also considering an inter-Korean women's ice hockey team, an effort to make the 2018 Games a "peace Olympics", he said.

Earlier this month, South Korea's new president Moon Jae-in said North Korea could be part of a bid to co-host the 2030 football World Cup across north-east Asia.

The game would demand a large investment for infrastructure.

A 13-hour time difference between NY and South Korea could actually work to NBC's advantage for showing live events such as skiing and figure skating in USA prime time, Zenkel said, adding that events for US ski racers Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin should be a draw. The Games will be held on February 9-25, 2018. But talks broke down and the North boycotted the Games. In April, South Korea's women's soccer team traveled to Pyongyang for an Asian Cup qualifier. The country sentenced him to 15 years of hard labor. He returned to the U.S.in a coma and died days later. The country may ask for a little help, too: from North Korea.

The family declined to have an autopsy done and doctors speculated that the young man may have died from a blood clot or kidney failure.

The news comes amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula, following the North Korean regime's missile tests, as well as the death of Otto Warmbier, a USA student who suffered severe neurological trauma while serving part of a 15-year sentence for stealing a political banner.

The K-pop star also said he enjoys watching short-track speed and figure skating, and is interested in learning how to curl if he is given the chance.

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