Koreas target unified march at Asian Games opening ceremony | other sports | Hindustan Times
Today in New Delhi, India
Apr 23, 2018-Monday
-°C
New Delhi
  • Humidity
    -
  • Wind
    -

Koreas target unified march at Asian Games opening ceremony

Bitter rivals North and South Korea marched under a unified flag at the opening and closing ceremonies of February’s Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang

other sports Updated: Apr 03, 2018 11:29 IST
North and South Korea athletes, from left, Choi Bogue and MA Yu Chol wave during the opening ceremony for the XII Paralympic Winter Games in the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium in South Korea, March 9, 2018.
North and South Korea athletes, from left, Choi Bogue and MA Yu Chol wave during the opening ceremony for the XII Paralympic Winter Games in the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium in South Korea, March 9, 2018. (AP)

Ministers from the two Koreas agreed to push for a unified delegation from both countries parading together in the opening ceremony at this year’s Asian Games in Indonesia, according to the Yonhap News Agency.

At a meeting in Pyongyang on Monday, the North’s Kim Il-guk and his South counterpart Do Jong-whan discussed future sporting collaborations between the nations as tensions heightened by Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions continue to thaw.

The nations marched under a unified flag at the opening and closing ceremonies of February’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and the ministers were optimistic of a similar partnership at the August-September Asian Games, being co-hosted by Jakarta and Palembang.

Jong Hyon Kim of North Korea carries the national flag during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics. (REUTERS)

According to Yonhap, the ministers would be finalising the details after the two countries’ historic summit at the end of April.

“It would be great if we can have working level discussions and start working on specific agreements after the summit at the end of April,” Do told reporters. “I hope sports can lead the way for inter-Korean reconciliation.”

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and South Korean first lady Kim Jung-sook, Ivanka Trump, senior White House adviser, Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong, South Korea's Constitutional Court President Lee Jin-sung and U.S. Forces Korea Commander Vincent Brooks and Kim Yong-chol of the North Korean delegation, attend the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics. (REUTERS)

A South Korean delegation travelled to Pyongyang on Saturday in a reciprocal cultural visit after North Korea sent performers to the South for the Winter Games.

A taekwondo presentation preceded performances from K-pop stars, including Red Velvet, in the North Korean capital.

The neighbours are technically still at war after the 1950-53 conflict ended with a ceasefire, not a truce.