North and South Korea agree to form first unified Olympic team

Thomas Maresca, Special to USA TODAY
Published 10:03 a.m. ET Jan. 17, 2018 | Updated 11:45 a.m. ET Jan. 17, 2018


In a stunning new development, athletes from North and South Korea will march together under one flag for the Winter Olympics.

SEOUL — North and South Korea agreed Wednesday to field a joint women’s hockey team at next month’s Winter Olympics, and the two countries will march into the opening ceremony under a single flag, South Korea’s Ministry of Unification announced.

The agreement came during a third round of talks between the rival Koreas at the border village of Panmunjom, located in the Demilitarized Zone that separates the peninsula.

It is the most striking breakthrough yet in a wave of sports diplomacy that began…

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