eseoulpost
Leisure&SportsIssue Sports
(Asian Games) Koreas march together at opening ceremony
min  |  min
폰트키우기 폰트줄이기 프린트하기 메일보내기 신고하기
승인 2018.08.19  
트위터 페이스북 미투데이 요즘 네이버 구글 msn
   

JAKARTA, Aug. 18 (Yonhap) -- South and North Korea marched together at the opening ceremony of the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta on Saturday, marking the second time in six months that the two were united behind one flag at an international sporting competition.

South Korean female basketball player Lim Yung-hui and North Korean football player Ju Kyong-chol together carried the Korean Unification Flag -- a blue Korean Peninsula again a white background -- during the Parade of Athletes at Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) Main Stadium.

In February this year, the Koreas also had a joint march at the opening ceremony for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in the South.

This was the 11th joint Korean march at a global multi-sport competition, and the first such occasion at an Asian Games since the 2007 Winter Asiad in Changchun, China.

The Koreas will also compete as one entity in women's 5-on-5 basketball, dragon boat racing -- a canoeing discipline -- and three events in rowing.

According to the organizers, South Korea has sent 807 athletes, and North Korea has 168 athletes here.

There are 45 participating nations, but 44 marched at the opening ceremony after the two Koreas were combined as simply "Korea."

   They were lined up in alphabetical order, with Afghanistan leading off the parade. Korea was the 15th to enter the stadium. Indonesia, as is the custom for host nations, was the last to join the parade.

The Korean athletes and officials received a huge ovation from spectators, who were also busy trying to capture the moment on their phones.

When the giant screen captured South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon and North Korean Deputy Prime Minister Ri Ryong-nam hand in hand with their arms raised together, the cheers grew even louder.

North Korean basketball player Ro Suk-yong, a member of the unified women's team, was also shown on the screen. She smiled and waved at the crowd once she realized thousands of eyes were on her.

The latest joint march was yet another watershed moment in the inter-Korean sporting relations that have been improving since the beginning of the year.

North Korea's last-minute decision to participate in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and also have a joint march with South Korea paved the road for further sports exchanges. The two also formed a joint women's hockey team in PyeongChang -- the first unified Korean team in any sport in Olympic history.

Talks on fielding unified teams at this year's Asian Games began months in advance, and in the meantime, the Koreas competed as one in table tennis at two different international events -- once in South Korea in July.

Also in July, Pyongyang hosted South Korean men's and women's national basketball teams for two days of friendly games. North Korean teams are scheduled to pay a reciprocal visit to Seoul in the fall.

The Koreas are technically at war because the Korean War ended in 1953 with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

 

< 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
UAE committed to UN-led political process in Yemen
2
UAE participates in celebrating International Day of Sign Languages
3
Taiwan officials to attend events in New York during U.N. assembly
4
Art exhibition "Into The Light" opens at G&J Gallery in Seoul
5
IPM DUBAI 2018 to draw attention to sustainable urban planning
6
Ahmed Al Zaabi receives Secretary-General of Royal Charity Foundation of Bahrain
7
Thani Al Zeyoudi Highlights UAE’s Proactive Climate Action on Global Stage
8
Zayed University, FANR sign MoU on ‘Environmental Radiological Monitoring’
9
Abdullah bin Zayed receives Under-Secretary-General of UN Counter-Terrorism Office
10
How Muslim women deal with pain, trauma 5 years after Zamboanga siege
Photo News Green Biz
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
Earth Hour 2018: Lights out across UAE as Earth Hour is marked
Earth Hour 2018: Lights out across...
min
Suqia plays key role in enhancing UAE's global efforts to address water challenges
Suqia plays key role in enhancing ...
min
Photo News Sports
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
S. Korean table tennis player savors 'historic' title with N. Korean partner
S. Korean table tennis player savo...
min
S. Korean golfer Kim Sei-young sets LPGA scoring records to win Thornberry Creek Classic
S. Korean golfer Kim Sei-young set...
min
Photo News World
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
S. Korean table tennis player savors 'historic' title with N. Korean partner
S. Korean table tennis player savo...
min
S. Korean golfer Kim Sei-young sets LPGA scoring records to win Thornberry Creek Classic
S. Korean golfer Kim Sei-young set...
min
Photo News Opinion
Two Koreas to hold working-level military talks
Two Koreas to hold working-level m...
min
Koreas to open liaison office in Kaesong on Friday
Koreas to open liaison office in K...
min
Police to question Korean Air chairman for using company money for home security
Police to question Korean Air chai...
min
Third Moon-Kim summit to be held Sept. 18-20: envoy
Third Moon-Kim summit to be held S...
min
N. Korean leader Kim meets S. Korean president's special delegation
N. Korean leader Kim meets S. Kore...
min
Former police chief summoned in probe of illicit cyberoperations
Former police chief summoned in pr...
min
Moon to meet with security ministers on eve of special envoy's trip to N.K.
Moon to meet with security ministe...
min
POSCO to invest 45 tln won to fuel growth over next 5 yrs
POSCO to invest 45 tln won to fuel...
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