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Olympics: Two Koreas and IOC plot Tokyo 2020 joint team

AFP , Thursday 7 Feb 2019
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The sports ministers of North and South Korea will meet with Olympics chief Thomas Bach with a view to fielding unified teams at the Tokyo 2020 Games, the IOC said on Thursday.

The move comes after the two Koreas marched under a joint flag at the 2018 Winter Games, where they also sent out a unified women's ice-hockey team.

This first-ever unified Olympic team sparked a media sensation despite losing all five of their matches by a combined scoreline of 28-2.

Bach said that after the "success of the Pyeongchang 2018 Games" a meeting would take place February 15 at the IOC's headquarters in Lausanne between the respective players for a "working group to discuss future sporting cooperation."

The IOC president told AFP the objective was to not only form joint ventures for the Olympics, but also in the qualifying phases.

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