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Nearly 400 Russian athetes could compete at Winter Olympics

Nearly 400 Russian athetes could compete at Winter Olympics Nearly 400 Russian athetes could compete at Winter Olympics
Andrew Cummings | 22 January, 2018, 02:16

The International Olympic Committee held a meeting at their headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Saturday, after which they revealed North Korea would indeed participate in the Games.

In a statement released Friday, the IOC said its investigators had established a pool of "clean athletes" from which a special committee, known as the Olympic Athlete from Russia Implementation Group, can select Russian participants for the games in PyeongChang.

The games will take place in Pyeongchang in South Korea, opening in just 20 days.

The two nations will march into the opening ceremony under the name "Korea", while flying the Korean unification flag and marching to the song "Arirang".

The IOC chief also said that the two Koreas will field a single ice hockey team, with 12 North Korean players will joining South Korea's 23-member team.

The official said US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "openly trumpeted" at the meeting that the US and its allies would intensify the pressure campaign against North Korea by limiting export of oil and industrial products, strengthening naval control and expelling North Korean workers overseas until it stops its nuclear program. North Korea reportedly suspended talks.

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Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon came under fire when he said South Korea's women's ice hockey team is out of medal contention. They never erect walls.

North Korea will also send: two figure skaters to compete in the pairs competition; two male speed skaters; two men and one women in cross-country skiing distance events; two men and one woman in Alpine skiing's slalom and giant slalom races. In the long term, the ministry plans to push for joint staging of the 2030 World Cup in South and North Korea, China, and Japan, it added.

Any necessary technical equipment will be provided to the athletes by the IOC in cooperation with the International Federations, and will be made available on site. "Today is a great moment for the Olympic Movement, because the Olympic spirit has brought us all together".

No other country in the world understands the tension created by the Jong-un regime more than South Korea.

The PyeongChang games get underway on February 9th.

Hong Joon-pyo, leader of South Korea's main conservative opposition party, said: "We are turning the Pyeongchang Olympics that we've got into the Pyongyang Olympics".

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