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Korea’s Joint Women’s Hockey Team

from Jo He-rim of the Korea Herald,

South Korea’s national ice hockey team announced the full roster for the PyeongChang Olympics on Thursday, a day after South and North Korea agreed to field a joint women’s ice hockey team.

Sarah Murray, the national team coach, a former Canadian star and daughter of ex-National Hockey League coach Andy Murray, announced her 23-player team with 14 forwards, six blueliners and three goaltenders....

The entry list for the women’s team, however, may change as the two Koreas on Wednesday agreed to form a single team. The International Olympic Committee is to determine the size of the roster of the unified group over the weekend in a series of meetings in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The agreement for a unified team, which is being hailed by the liberal Moon Jae-in administration, has met with angry responses here, with those opposed to the decision claiming it is unfair to “sacrifice” players for political reasons.

An ice hockey team fan filed a petition Wednesday against Culture and Sports Minister Do Jong-hwan with the state’s human rights committee, to complain that forming a joint inter-Korean team would infringe the rights of South Korea’s 23 national players.

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For the life of me I don’t see what South Korea gets out of this….

Posted by Iamhaljordan on 01/18/18 at 10:29 AM ET

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I was kind of thinking the same thing. But then I quickly decided I didn’t care.

Posted by SlimChance on 01/18/18 at 11:42 AM ET

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For the life of me I don’t see what South Korea gets out of this….

Posted by Iamhaljordan on 01/18/18 at 09:29 AM ET

I thought the same thing, but then figured it had to deal with a threat or something from the North.

Posted by TreKronor on 01/18/18 at 01:06 PM ET

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What they get is a moment for both Korea’s to think of themselves in different light. Anything the brings down tension between those two countries is a good thing.

I’m not one to be cowering over in fear but if I lived in South Korea I’d be more than a little worried about the country to my North especially when the North’s first stated response to any outside attack was to attack South Korea which they are more than capable of doing and would inflict a horrible body count.

Sports aren’t the solution to diplomatic problems but they can open the doors to discussion and allow citizens to see foreigners as more than political enemies.

Posted by evileye on 01/18/18 at 03:40 PM ET

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