N.Korea to Send Footballers to Incheon Games

North Korea will send its football teams to the 2014 Incheon Asian Games from Sept. 19 to Oct. 4, the official KCNA news agency said on Monday.

It added that both the men's and women's teams also plan to participate in the AFC Championship and other FIFA tournaments this year, but failed to mention whether the country will participate in other events at the Asian Games.

North Korea is the only one of the 45 member nations of the Olympic Council of Asia that has not officially confirmed its full participation at the upcoming Asian Games. It competed at the last three editions in Busan in 2002, Doha in 2006 and Guangzhou in 2010.

The Organizing Committee of the Incheon Asian Games said that although it has not received any official notice from the OCA, it welcomes Pyongyang's decision to compete at least at some level.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jan. 21, 2014 10:35 KST