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North Korea Most Likely Joining 2018 Winter Olympics

Adam Xiao, Senior National/School Sports Editor

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According to Japanese media reports, North Korea’s IOC (International Olympic Committee) representative stated this Saturday that North Korea is very likely to compete in figure skating in next month’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Japan’s Kyodo News service and broadcaster NHK stated that the representative, Chang Ung, was headed to Switzerland, where he will meet with IOC officials.

Footage from NHK showed Chang pushing a luggage cart through Beijing Capital International Airport and talking briefly to media reporters.

Figure skating pair Kim Ju Sik and Ryom Tae Ok are the only North Korean athletes who have qualified for the Games. The pair won North Korea’s first medal (bronze) at the Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan in February 2017.

Chang said only that time would tell when asked if other North Korean athletes would compete at the Olympics.


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North Korea Most Likely Joining 2018 Winter Olympics