Friday, 26 January 2018 04:43 WIB |
Twelve North Korean female ice hockey players crossed the border Thursday to join their counterparts in the South to form the first-ever unified Korean Olympic team since the two sides split in the 1950s civil war.
Wearing red-and-white winter parkas emblazoned with North Korea's official name "DPR Korea," the 12 players were greeted with flower bouquets by their new teammates and their head coach, former U.S. collegiate player Sarah Murray, when they arrived at South Korea's national training center in Jincheon.
The North and South players will practice separately for several days before merging on the same rink. Their first match as a unified team is scheduled for February 4 in Incheon, when they face Sweden in a warm-up match.
The two Koreas have fielded a joint international athletic team only twice since the split -- a world table tennis squad in 1991, and a youth international football (soccer) team in that same year.