International Olympic Committee 'considering joint Korea hockey team'

Cha Jun-hwan appears in a TV commercial in 2007

Chang also told reporters at Beijing's global airport that "the IOC is likely to consider" South Korea's proposal to form a joint women's ice hockey team and the size of North Korea's delegation to be sent to Pyeongchang will be decided by its national Olympic committee.

North Korea has proposed working-level talks with the South to discuss sending performing artists to the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games.

"There were things which went well and did not go well", Chang Ung said following his discussions of North Korea's plan to join the games with IOC President Thomas Bach and other officials in Switzerland.

North Korea confirmed on Tuesday that it will send a delegation of athletes to the Olympics, which take place in Pyeongchang next month, despite the two countries technically still being at war. But they have never fielded a joint team at a multi-discipline sports event such as the Olympics.

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Instead, the South Korean authorities are expected to seek permission to expand the size of its squad from the existing 23 players to 35.

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"It appears that the North wants to discuss various practical matters related to an art troupe's visit as a priority", the ministry said in a statement, adding that the government would respond after reviewing the North's proposal.

The figure skating pair Ryom Tae-ok and Kim Ju-sik were the only North Korean athletes to qualify but missed the deadline to register for their event.

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