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Team Korea has many hurdles in marching in together, but experts say it would be a great opportunity

August 20, 2019

With the two sides agreeing to enter the opening
ceremony behind one flag, it looks as though the Koreas are on the path to a peaceful PyeongChang
Winter Olympics. But some key details need to be ironed out,…
like the athletes’ uniform. Lee Ji-won tells us more. The first time South and North Korea marched
into a sporting event together was at the 2000 Sydney Olympics,… and since then they’ve
done it eight more times, the most recent being the 2007 Southeast Asian Games in China. Under the name “Korea,” athletes from the
two sides marched in holding the unification flag. Their entrance music was the much-loved traditional
folk song “Arirang.” And while countries usually have one flag-bearer,
the unified Team Korea has always had two flag-bearers — one from each side — a male
and a female, with the genders alternating at each event. For the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, it’ll
be a male athlete from the South and a female athlete from the North. These are the same conditions as when South
and North entered together at events here in South Korea,… namely the 2002 Busan Asian
Games and the 2003 Summer Universiade in Daegu. But some experts say that though the two sides
are coming in together this time too, they’ll do so each holding their own flag. (Kor- )
“This Olympics holds a great deal of meaning to South Koreans since we failed numerous
times before finally getting to host the Winter Games. But to not see the national flag of the host
country could be quite disappointing to many. Also, the international community’s perception
of North Korea has changed very much compared to 10 years ago, due to Pyongyang’s aggressive
nuclear development, so it’s something to be discussed.” The uniform for the athletes at the opening
and closing ceremonies is also something to keep an eye on. The uniforms for some 100 South Korean athletes
and dignitaries have already been made,… and they feature the South Korean flag, Taegeukgi. But some experts say they might need a slight
change if the two Koreas are going to walk in together. (Kor- )
“Previously, at the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics, North Korean athletes wore uniforms for the
ceremony proposed by South Korea, which did not have much written on them. But it might not be so simple with the design
we have now. But then again, if the North Koreans do wear
this uniform, I think the Taegeukgi stitched on the left side of the chest will be covered
with a unification flag.” With Seoul and Pyongyang marching in together
at a global sporting event for the first time in 11 years,… there are a lot of details
to be discussed,… but experts say it will be a great opportunity to promote PyeongChang
2018 as a ‘peace Olympics’ and show the world the need for peace in the Korean Peninsula. Lee Ji-won, Arirang News.

1 Comment

  • Reply Beverly Ford January 20, 2018 at 1:46 am

    Uniforms is the issue now 🤣 ah so let's roll with it let the unicorn fly in with the flag and the uniforms shall be equally rediculas

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