North and South Korea will try to continue their peacemaking efforts through sport. This time will be by sending joint teams to the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.
The Koreas agreed to field joint teams in three sports. They will join forces in basketball, canoeing, and rowing. This historic moment will be at this year’s Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games, which will be from Aug. 18 to Sept. 2. Also, they will join forces in women’s basketball. They will also represent a united front in the men’s and women’s dragon boat, a canoe discipline. Lastly, they will join together in rowing. They will join the lightweight coxless men’s four, lightweight men’s eight. Also, they will join the lightweight women’s double sculls events in rowing.
North and South Korea plans joint team
The South and the North evaluated their women’s basketball players at a friendly event in Pyongyang. That happened earlier this month, where they also shared their thoughts on the joint team. The Korea Basketball Association (KBA) then sent a request to North Korea. They asked for North Korea to send Ro Suk-yong, Jang Mi-kong and Ri Jong-ok for the unified team.
For the women’s basketball competition at the Asian Games, each team must name a 12-player roster. It is likely that South Korea will put nine of their players on the roster.
“We recently sent a list of three North Korean players we want for the joint team,” a KBA official said. “It’s unclear at this point whether the North will send those three players. Once North Korean players visit the South, we’ll train with them together. The training sessions are at the National Training Center in Jincheon, North Chungcheong.”
The news of the North and South Korea joining together has reached international news. In addition, the odds for sports betting on this joint team is doing great as well. There could be more bets coming in for this team. It will truly be an interesting team to watch,