eseoulpost
Leisure&SportsOlympics
(Olympics) N. Korean athletes check in to athletes' village for PyeongChang 2018
min  |  min
폰트키우기 폰트줄이기 프린트하기 메일보내기 신고하기
승인 2018.02.02  
트위터 페이스북 미투데이 요즘 네이버 구글 msn
   
 

GANGNEUNG, South Korea, Feb. 1 (Yonhap) -- North Korean Olympic athletes checked in to their living quarters for the upcoming PyeongChang Winter Games amid tight security on Thursday.

Pyongyang's vice sports minister Won Kil-u led a delegation of 32, including 10 athletes, to Gangneung, a sub-host city for all ice events during the Feb. 9-25 Olympic Games. They'd landed at Yangyang International Airport on a South Korean chartered plane earlier Thursday, and traveled about 50 kilometers south to reach Gangneung Olympic Village.

Gangneung's village, built for those in ice sports, is one of two athletes' residential areas for the Olympics. PyeongChang Olympic Village will house competitors in snow events.

The 10 athletes that arrived here Thursday are three alpine skiers, three cross-country skiers, two figure skaters and two short track speed skaters.

Ryom Tae-ok, a pairs figure skater, was the center of attention from the moment she appeared at the airport. The petite athlete, who turns 19 on Friday, was one of the few who showed any semblance of emotion, flashing a sheepish grin at cameras as flashbulbs exploded around her both at the airport and the village.

Asked to comment on her visit, Ryom simply said, "I don't talk before competitions."

   She then added, "It's cold here."

   The athletes and officials who arrived Thursday all received temporary accreditations to enter the village. They're expected to get their formal credentials soon.

They will be joined later by 12 women's ice hockey players, who have been here since last week, to train with South Koreans on the unified team.

The joint team will play Sweden in a pre-Olympic tuneup match at 6 p.m. Sunday in Incheon, just west of Seoul, and travel to Gangneung after the game.

The Koreas agreed on the North's participation in PyeongChang 2018, the first Winter Olympics to take place in South Korea, on Jan. 17. Three days later, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved North Korea's participation and said it will accredit 22 athletes and 24 officials from North Korea. After the arrival of the delegation on Thursday, there are 22 athletes and 25 officials currently in South Korea. Reasons behind the addition of one official weren't immediately clear.

North Korea is competing in an Olympic Games in the South for the first time, after it boycotted the 1988 Seoul Summer Games. North Korea's participation has generated a great deal of interest locally and internationally, leading some to complain that the rogue regime has stolen PyeongChang's thunder and to derisively call these the "Pyongyang Olympics."

   IOC President Thomas Bach and PyeongChang's organizing officials have hailed North Korea's participation and said the country's presence can send a message of peace to the rest of the world. In addition to having the joint hockey team, the Koreas will march in as one at the opening ceremony behind the Korean Unification Flag, which will be carried by a flagbearer from each of the two countries.

< 저작권자 © eseoulpost 무단전재 및 재배포금지 >
폰트키우기 폰트줄이기 프린트하기 메일보내기 신고하기
트위터 페이스북 미투데이 요즘 네이버 구글 msn 뒤로가기 위로가기
이 기사에 대한 댓글 이야기 (0)
자동등록방지용 코드를 입력하세요!   
확인
- 200자까지 쓰실 수 있습니다. (현재 0 byte / 최대 400byte)
- 욕설등 인신공격성 글은 삭제 합니다. [운영원칙]
이 기사에 대한 댓글 이야기 (0)
Most Read
1
Directives of President to increase women's representation in FNC mirror wisdom of leadership says, Hazza bin Zayed
2
S. Korea, U.S. to discuss cooperation on Indo-Pacific strategy
3
UN Secretary-General reaffirms commitment to more inclusive world
4
FANA's 46th General Assembly concludes
5
UAE, Korea discuss defence cooperation
6
UAE reaffirms commitment to its citizens at Bali Democracy Forum
7
S. Korean president calls for improved ties with New Zealand
8
Taiwan records 10 millionth foreign visitor for 2018
9
UAE reaffirms support for Afghanistan
10
Khalifa sends cables of thanks to Lebanese President, PM
Photo News Green Biz
DEWA invites customers to take up Shams Dubai to generate onsite solar power
DEWA invites customers to take up ...
min
World Green Economy Summit to kick off in October
World Green Economy Summit to kick...
min
Abu Dhabi hosts The First Regional Biodiversity Forum in the Gulf Region
Abu Dhabi hosts The First Regional...
min
Etihad ESCO plans to reduce more than one million tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2030
Etihad ESCO plans to reduce more t...
min
Sharjah Municipality, MOCCAE discuss cooperation to protect environment
Sharjah Municipality, MOCCAE discu...
min
Photo News Sports
More history for Koreas in canoe; sport climber, hurdler grab gold medals
More history for Koreas in canoe; ...
min
Shooter wins Taiwan's 2nd gold at Asian Games (update)
Shooter wins Taiwan's 2nd gold at ...
min
Two taekwondo golds among 11 medals for S. Korea on Day 1
Two taekwondo golds among 11 medal...
min
Taiwan team wins first gold medal at Asian Games
Taiwan team wins first gold medal ...
min
(Asian Games) Koreas march together at opening ceremony
(Asian Games) Koreas march togethe...
min
FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 to boost nation's global sporting credentials
FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 to bo...
min
UAE gearing up for Asia's biggest football tournament
UAE gearing up for Asia's biggest ...
MIN
Taiwan blasts China for blocking Taichung games
Taiwan blasts China for blocking T...
min
Photo News World
More history for Koreas in canoe; sport climber, hurdler grab gold medals
More history for Koreas in canoe; ...
min
Shooter wins Taiwan's 2nd gold at Asian Games (update)
Shooter wins Taiwan's 2nd gold at ...
min
Two taekwondo golds among 11 medals for S. Korea on Day 1
Two taekwondo golds among 11 medal...
min
Taiwan team wins first gold medal at Asian Games
Taiwan team wins first gold medal ...
min
(Asian Games) Koreas march together at opening ceremony
(Asian Games) Koreas march togethe...
min
FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 to boost nation's global sporting credentials
FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 to bo...
min
UAE gearing up for Asia's biggest football tournament
UAE gearing up for Asia's biggest ...
MIN
Taiwan blasts China for blocking Taichung games
Taiwan blasts China for blocking T...
min
Photo News Opinion
S. Korea's first for-profit hospital gains approval from Jeju provincial gov't
S. Korea's first for-profit hospit...
min
Moon orders measures to strengthen presidential officials' discipline
Moon orders measures to strengthen...
min
Seoul thinks it is still possible for N.K. leader to visit S. Korea this year
Seoul thinks it is still possible ...
min
S. Korean childbirths continue to decline in September
S. Korean childbirths continue to ...
min
S. Korea to lose competitiveness in key export industries: KERI
S. Korea to lose competitiveness i...
min
Koreas agree to actively cooperate over modernizing direct phone lines
Koreas agree to actively cooperate...
min
Inter-Korean rail survey expected soon, top nuclear envoy says
Inter-Korean rail survey expected ...
min
S. Korea, U.S. still apart over splitting USFK cost
S. Korea, U.S. still apart over sp...
min
Newspaper AboutNews ReportAdvertiseComplaintsPrivacy PolicyJuvenile protectionRejection of E-mail Collection
Gangnam-gu, Teheran 52 street in Tehran Bldg, 616(Yeoksam-dong)  |  Main Phone: 02) 563-0604  |  Fax: 02) 538-5665
Chairman : jeong-woo Lee  |  Advisor : byung-il Min  |  Publisher: jae-mo Kah  |  Editors: il-hong Kim
Registration Number 1928 Seoul ah  |  eseoulpost.com / eseoulpost.net / Global Korea.,Ltd
Copyright © 2011 eseoulpost. All rights reserved. mail to jaemokah@daum.com , kih10kr@empas.com/ www.globalkorea.info
arabafrica.net / UAE Interract / Emirtes News Agency(WAM)/ http://wam.org.ae / www.uaeinteract.com