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South Korea proposes unified Olympic women's ice hockey team with North Korea The ministry said the hermit state is apparently keen to discuss logistics of the performers' trip to the South before planning its athletes and supporters' attendance at the Games.For now, the military talks would focus on finding a way to ease cross-border tensions before the opening of the Olympics, the official said but he kept open the possibility that the talks would... [Read More]
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South Korea says North Korea has proposed their talks next week address a North Korean art troupe's visit in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the South. Seoul's Unification Ministry says Pyongyang wanted to hold another talk after the Monday meeting to discuss details of its participation in next month's Games. The North's proposal was in response to Seoul's suggestion a day earlier to meet on Monday. Officials from the rival Koreas met earlier this week in a border village in their first talk in more than two years and agreed to hold military talks and send a North Korean... [Read More]
North Korean figure skaters Ryom Tae-Ok and Kim Ju-Sik may need a helping hand from the International Olympic Committee if they are to realise their dream of competing in the Winter Olympics next month.But experienced Canadian coach Bruno Marcotte is in no doubt that if the promising duo do end up taking part in the February 9-25 Games in Pyeongchang, they will be fully deserving of their place.Marcotte was granted a rare glimpse of Stalinist North Korea's sporting culture last year after coaching Ryom and Kim during eight weeks between June and August in Canada.The 43-year-old had first noticed... [Read More]
Russian athletes are bitterly disappointment by the collective punishment and the option offered by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). [Read More]
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Russian skier Pavel Trikhichev scored a surprise second place in the Alpine combined event in Wengen and then used his moment in the spotlight to defend his country's skiers. "Russian skiers are totally clean," said the Russian, whose country has been suspended from the upcoming Winter Olympics because of a programme of institutionalised doping. He said that relentless testing proves the Russians are clean. "I have undergone eight doping tests in the last six months," he said. "So there's no questions over me." Before Friday, Trikhichev's best World Cup finish was 16th in the giant slalom in another Swiss... [Read More]
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Placing second in a World Cup race on Friday, unheralded Russian skier Pavel Trikhichev looked a candidate for an Olympic medal next month. Now he needs the International Olympic Committee to let him try. Four weeks before the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Games, an IOC panel is assessing which Russians to... [Read More]
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North and South Korean athletes could parade together at the opening ceremony of next month's Pyeongchang Winter Games, under a proposal the International Olympic Committee will consider next week, a source said. That option, as well as a combined Korean women's ice hockey team, are among several proposals the IOC will discuss, the source within... [Read More]
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Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik are the only North Korean athletes who have qualified for the Feb. 9-25 Olympics so far. However, the International Olympic Committee could potentially hold extra invitational spots open to symbolize togetherness between the two Koreas. [Read More]
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With the big news of the Winter Olympics so far being the exclusion of Russia by the International Olympic Committee, we take a look at what PyeongChang 2018 will look like without them. [Read More]
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Hackers calling themselves "Fancy Bears" release alleged confidential communications from International Olympic Committee officials. [Read More]
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Atsushi Tomura/Getty North Korea announced that it's sending a delegation of athletes to the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea next month. So far, only two North Korean athletes have qualified for the games: Figure skating duo Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik. They placed 15th at last year's World Figure Skating Championships and aren't expected to medal in PyeongChang. It's still unknown if other North Korean athletes will compete in the games. On Monday, North Korea announced that it will send a team of athletes the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang,... [Read More]
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North and South Korean athletes could parade together at the opening ceremony of next month's Pyeongchang Winter Games, under a proposal the International Olympic Committee will consider next week, a source said. [Read More]
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Thousands of fans will pack the futuristic Gangneung Oval for the Olympic speed skating competition next month. But afterwards, one suggestion is for the cavernous steel-grey structure to store frozen fish. No definitive future use has been identified for the $120 million building on South Korea's east coast, one of several venues whose legacy -- or lack of one -- threatens to tarnish the image of the Games. Plans for an ice hockey team to take over the neighbouring 10,000-seat arena fell apart in the wake of the bribery scandal that brought down president Park Guen-Hye. Even the International... [Read More]
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When the cauldron ignites in Pyeongchang on February 9, it will open a sequence of three Olympic Games in Asia over the next four years -- highlighting the region's growing clout, and also the declining interest among Western powers in holding the multi-billion dollar events.After next month's Winter Games in South Korea, Tokyo will take centre stage in 2020 and Beijing will organise the 2022 Winter Olympics -- becoming the first city to hold both a Winter and Summer Games.South Korea (Seoul 1988), Japan (Tokyo 1964, Sapporo 1972, Nagano 1998) and China (Beijing 2008) have all hosted Olympics before,... [Read More]
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North Korea announced that it's sending a delegation of athletes to the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea next month.  So far, only two North Korean athletes have qualified for the games: Figure skating duo Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik. They placed 15th at last year's World Figure Skating Championships and aren't expected to medal in PyeongChang. It's still unknown if other North Korean athletes will compete in the games.  On Monday, North Korea announced that it will send a team of athletes the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea next month.  It's... [Read More]
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Figure skaters Ryom Tae-ok and Kim Ju-sik, the only North Koreans to qualify for the Winter Olympics, missed the registration deadline and must now rely on a helping hand from the International Olympic Committee, officials said Wednesday. The International Skating Union (ISU) said that the pair had met "the necessary technical requirements" to take part in the February 9-25 Games in Pyeongchang. "However, the PRK (North Korea) National Olympic Committee has not confirmed the participation of the pair within the set deadline and the available quota place has consequently been transferred to the next in line, Japan," said an... [Read More]
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The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday called for a meeting with North and South Korean officials to discuss the participation of North Korean athletes at the upcoming 2018 Winter Games. The announcement follows Tuesday's joint proposal by the countries' governments. "This is a great... [Read More]
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will host talks on Jan. 20 to discuss details about North Korea's participation at next month's Winter Olympics in neighboring South Korea, such as flags and the number of athletes. [Read More]
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