Unified Korean Teams Fare Better Than Expected at Asiad

  • By Joo Hyung-sik

    September 03, 2018 13:25

    The unified Korean team finished 28th in the Asian Games in Indonesia that closed on Sunday with one gold medal, one silver medal and two bronze medals.

    Players from the two Koreas formed unified teams in canoeing, rowing and women's basketball whose medals were included in neither South nor North Korea's tally.

    The dragon boat racing team cut the most conspicuous figure, participating in five canoeing events. It won a gold medal in the women's 500-m race and two bronze medals in the women's 200-m and men's 1,000-m races.

    The government wants to field another unified team for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Do Jong-whan said on Aug. 22.

    The women's basketball, table tennis, and handball associations are in favor. "We're going to hold talks with the North as soon as possible," said an official with the Korean Olympic Committee.

    Sports authorities are keen to avoid repeating the mistake of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, when a unified women's ice-hockey team met with strong opposition from the public here because the North Korean players were seen as a drag on the much better South Koreans. 

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