DPRK Delegation Arrives in South Korea to Inspect Olympic Venues


The North's team wants to look around Olympic facilities, such as stadiums, lodgings and the press center, for three days. "I'm sure that this will be a very emotional moment not only for all Koreans but also for the entire world", Bach said.

Pyongyang said Seoul could implement the schedule "that has already been agreed upon", the unification ministry said of the latest exchange. They also agreed on the sending of a preliminary review team to conduct examinations of the North Korean performers' venue, stage conditions, necessary facilities, and equipment installation.

The IOC will grant accreditations to the NOC of the DPRK for 22 athletes, 24 officials and 21 media representatives.

For the first time in Olympic history, the two nations will form a joint team, in women's ice hockey, that will compete under the unification flag.

"The North informed us that it will send the arts delegation on Sunday", a day later than initially planned, the ministry said in a statement today.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) hosted a meeting in Switzerland on Saturday to discuss North Korea's participation in Pyeongchang, the BBC reports.

The visit to the South marks the first by North Koreans since South Korean President Moon Jae-in took office in May previous year and sought to re-engage with the North.

The final list of Russian athletes, who will be allowed to take part in the 2018 Games as an "Olympic Athlete from Russia" (OAR), is now being determined by a special commission. "Our meeting today shows that Olympic sport always builds bridges".

"This is about the Olympic spirit", Adams added.

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Olympics organizers on Friday welcomed an agreement between North and South Korea to unite athletes at the upcoming Winter Games in Pyeongchang, and promised that "much more exciting initiatives" promoting Korean unity will emerge this weekend.

North Korean delegation head Hyon Song-wol (C) and members of advance team arrive at Seoul station in South Korea to prepare for cultural performances during next month's PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

In the interests of fairness, only 22 players will be entitled to play in each match, in line with the other teams, it said.

"Since 2014, the IOC has addressed the special situation of having the Olympic Winter Games on the Korean peninsula".

Others will compete in figure skating, short-track speed skating, cross-country skiing and Alpine skiing.

The route - previously used by former businessmen and workers at the KIC - will now be used for the first time in nearly two years since the closure of the complex in February 2016. Abootalebi said this unification isn't unprecedented.

South Korean organizing officials may need to house hundreds of people in a North Korean delegation, including a reported 230-member cheering group.

South Korean people welcome a North Korean delegation at Gangneung Station on January 21, 2018. However, one can not help but wonder whether South Korea fully understands the North's true intentions.

Saturday's notice was issued under the name of Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country (CPRC) and chief delegate to high-level inter-Korean talks on January.