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Sport Olympics keeps 'door open' for NKorea at Pyeongchang Games

20:17  08 january  2018
20:17  08 january  2018 Source:   ap.org

After Olympic deal, North Korea figure skaters may lead team

  After Olympic deal, North Korea figure skaters may lead team They're the friendly face of North Korea, and it looks like they're coming south to the Olympics. With sparkling costumes and winning smiles, figure skaters Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik could lead the North Korean team in Pyeongchang, South Korea, next month after their government said Tuesday it would send athletes to the Games. Ryom and Kim are the only North Korean athletes who have qualified for the Feb. 9-25 Olympics in Pyeongchang so far. However, the International Olympic Committee could potentially hold extra invitational spots open to symbolize togetherness between the two Koreas.

GENEVA (AP) — Olympics officials say they have “ kept the door open ” for North Korea to take part in the upcoming Winter Games in South Korea. Last week, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wished success for the Games and suggested the North may send a delegation. Officials for the two

GENEVA (AP) — Olympics officials say they have " kept the door open " for North Korea to take part in the upcoming Winter Games in South Korea. The International Olympic

GENEVA — Olympics officials say they have "kept the door open" for North Korea to take part in the upcoming Winter Games in South Korea.

The International Olympic Committee has long sought a diplomatic success that could allow the reclusive Communist country to participate in the Pyeongchang Games next month.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams said Monday the registration deadline has been extended and that the Lausanne, Switzerland-based committee supports North Korean athletes in the qualification process, while respecting U.N. sanctions against North Korea.

Last week, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wished success for the Games and suggested the North may send a delegation. Officials for the two countries are set to meet on Wednesday.

Japanese media reported over the weekend that North Korea's IOC representative, Chang Ung, was headed to Switzerland.

Russia short track star Ahn barred from 2018 Games .
Russia's Viktor Ahn, the most decorated Olympic short track speed skater, has been barred from competing at next month's Pyeongchang Winter Games in his native South Korea, the TASS news agency has reported. Born Ahn Hyun-soo in Seoul, the skater won three gold medals and a bronze at the 2006 Turin Games for South Korea but was passed over for Vancouver four years later due to a knee injury and after falling out with Korea's skating union.

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