Published: November 3, 2018 10:51:55 pm
North and South Korea are planning to discipline a unified hockey team in future worldwide tournaments, persevering with the sustained efforts to convey peace between the neighbours via sports. The proposal to have a mixed team got here from South Korea throughout a gathering between the representatives of the 2 international locations on the sidelines of the 46th International Hockey Federation (FIH) Congress right here.
Asian Hockey Federation CEO Tayyab Ikram, who performed an instrumental function in the assembly, introduced the event however stated each the international locations will have to get inexperienced sign from their governments earlier than the proposal sees the sunshine of the day. “We have just finished a very important meeting between South Korea and North Korea and I am glad to announce that both the countries have agreed to co-operate and develop hockey. Both the countries want to use hockey to bring peace between them,” Ikram advised a choose group of Indian journalists. “One of the proposals mooted was to have a combined team in future which will play in Asian Hockey Federation and FIH events.”
Athletes from North and South Korea marched beneath a unified flag on the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, and took half in the ice hockey competitors. The two Koreas are additionally planning to compete as a unified team on the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 and are bidding to co-host the 2032 Summer Games.
Ikram stated if handed by their respective governments, it will likely be a historic growth for the hockey fraternity. “Both the countries are also willing to conduct exchange programmes. Moving forward both the countries will get in touch with their foreign offices in order to formalise these proposals. AHF and FIH will play the role of a mediator,” the AHF CEO stated. “These are preliminary discussions and we will formalise them in coming weeks.”
Ikram stated AHF desires each the international locations to discipline a unified team in the Hockey Series Finals to be held in India from June 6 to 16 subsequent yr. “At this moment, it is not clear when they can have a combined team but our suggestion is to field a unified team during next year’s Hockey Series Finals,” he stated.