The Korea Herald: Gloomy Outlook for Joint Olympics Team, With NK IOC Member’s Skepticism

President of South Korea Moon Jae-in has been in office for two months and in terms of sports is fulfilling expectations to initiate a more cooperative tone in his country’s interactions with North Korea. Moon “wishes to restore inter-Korean dialogue through cross-border cooperation for the upcoming winter games,” reports Jung Min-kyung for the Korea Herald. The situation reflects a marked change from 2013, when South Korea’s then-conservative government rejected Chang Ung’s offer to co-host the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Chang is the sole member of the International Olympic Committee from North Korea, and on a recent visit to South Korea, he asserted that the PyeongChang Winter Olympics – commencing on February 9, 2018 – are too soon for the parties to come together. Proposed areas of cooperation had included a joint women’s hockey team and use of the North Korean Masikryong ski resort to hold skiing events. – YaleGlobal

The Korea Herald: Gloomy Outlook for Joint Olympics Team, With NK IOC Member’s Skepticism

New administration in South Korea attempts to use Winter Olympics to improve relations with North Korea, but with limited success
Jung Min-kyung
Monday, July 3, 2017
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