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Koreas to field joint teams in 4 sports at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

North Korea 20:09 February 15, 2019

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Feb. 15 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and North Korea will organize unified teams in four sports at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, officials announced Friday.

From left: South Korean Sports Minister Do Jong-hwan, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach and North Korean Sports Minister Kim Il-guk pose for photos before the start of their working meeting on inter-Korean sports cooperation at IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Feb. 15, 2019. (Yonhap)

After a meeting with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach at IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, Friday, representatives from the Koreas agreed to form joint teams in women's basketball, women's field hockey, rowing and judo in Tokyo.

Tokyo 2020 will be the first Summer Olympics in which the Koreas will have unified teams. At last year's PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea, the two Koreas had a joint team in women's ice hockey.

Also in 2018, the Koreas competed as one in women's basketball, rowing and canoeing at the Asian Games in Indonesia. They combined for one gold and two bronze medals in dragon boat, which is a canoeing discipline, and for the silver in women's basketball.

In this file photo from Sept. 3, 2018, Lim Yung-hui of South Korea (L), captain of the unified Korean women's basketball team, embraces Kim Hye-yon of North Korea after the conclusion of the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta. (Yonhap)


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