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North Korea to take part in 4 sports events in PyeongChang Updated: 2018-01-19 09:54:40 KST


Two more sports events have been added to North Korea's participation list at next month's Winter Olympics in the South.
The North will send athletes to compete in pair figure skating, alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and women's ice hockey.
Lee Hee-beom, head of the organizing committee for PyeongChang 2018, said the agreement was reached during working-level inter-Korean talks on Wednesday.
But he stopped short of disclosing the number of North Korean athletes, saying it's up to the International Olympic Committee to decide.
Lee was leaving for the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, where IOC President Thomas Bach will chair a meeting on Saturday.
The gathering is formally titled the "North and South Korean Olympic Participation Meeting," and on hand will be the heads of the national Olympic committees for the two Koreas and IOC members from both nations.
Earlier, the Koreas agreed to form a joint team in women's ice hockey, which sparked a heated national debate.
Some argue the decision will deprive South Korean athletes of the chance to hit the ice.
While the Korea Ice Hockey Association announced a 23-player roster, many hope to increase that number.

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"We are all trying hard so that our athletes don't suffer any disadvantage. Keeping that in mind, we'll try to have a good meeting."

As of yet, it's unclear whether the IOC will acknowledge increasing the entry just for the unified team of the two Koreas.
The Koreas have competed as one nation in table tennis and football but never at the Olympics.
Meanwhile, North Korea's Sports Minister Kim Il-gook arrived in Lausanne on Thursday.
He and his delegation are slated to first meet separately with IOC executives prior to the joint meeting with the South Korean delegation.
Park Jong-hong, Arirang News.
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