Unified Korean canoeing team wins gold in women’s 500m dragon boat racing
This was the second medal won by a joint Korean team at an international multi-sport competition. The women’s team on Saturday earned bronze in the 200m dragon boat racing.
The medal doesn’t count to either South Korea nor North Korea in the Asian Games medal standings. Instead, it will be awarded to „Korea.“
It will be the first time that „Arirang,“ Korea’s most popular folk song, will be played at a medal ceremony.
In the women’s 200-meter dragon boat race, the Koreans won a historic medal on Saturday. Out of six teams, they took bronze,… marking the first time a joint Korean team has medaled at an international sporting event. The medal won’t count for South or North Korea in the medal standings, but will be tallied separately for „Korea.“
They started their joint training Wednesday at the Jincheon National Training Center in Jincheon, 90 kilometers south of Seoul, and opened their practice to pool reporters at the same venue Thursday.
The leaders of the two Koreas were invited to next month’s Asian Games in Indonesia after the neighbors agreed to field several joint teams at the event, Jakarta said Monday.
Indonesian president Joko Widodo sent a formal invitation Friday to South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Widodo’s spokesman said, but it was not immediately clear if either has responded.
South and North Korea agreed to march together and form a unified team for certain sports at the upcoming Asian Games as well as to hold a basketball match in Pyongyang next month, the ministry of culture, sports and tourism said Monday.