North Korea considering Seoul's proposal for joint female hockey team at Olympics

South Korean speed skater Lee Sang-hwa competes in the women's 500 meters at the National Winter Sports Festival at Taereung International Skating Rink in Seoul on Jan. 12 2018

South Korean speed skater Lee Sang-hwa competes in the women's 500 meters at the National Winter Sports Festival at Taereung International Skating Rink in Seoul on Jan. 12 2018

South Korea's unification ministry and sports and tourism ministry, however, both said they have no knowledge of the matter.

North Korea's International Olympics Committee (IOC) official said it is considering South Korea's proposal for a united female hockey team, Yonhap news agency reported on Saturday (Jan 13).

South Korean speed skater Lee Sang-hwa prepares for the women's 500 meters at the National Winter Sports Festival at Taereung International Skating Rink in Seoul on Jan. 12 2018

North Korea confirmed on Tuesday that it will send a delegation of athletes to the Olympics, which take place in Pyeongchang next month, despite the two countries technically still being at war. In April 2017, South Korea allowed the North Korean team to travel to the South for the Women's World Championships in ice hockey.

A joint march at the opening ceremony would be a stunning statement for the so-dubbed "Peace Olympics", which will open about 80 kms from the heavily fortified Korean border on February 9. From left: Kim Ju-sik of North Korea, Kim Kyu-eun of South Korea, Ryom Tae-ok of North Korea and Kam Kang-chan of South Korea. For the team event, countries must be inside the top 10 in the ISU's qualification points and also must have qualified in three of the other four individual events - pairs, ice dance, men's singles and women's singles. Joining teams would make that issue moot and allow even more North Korean athletes to compete. The North has yet to respond to that offer as well. South Korea are grouped with Sweden, Switzerland and Japan in the women's tournament.

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