Young South Korean footballers head to Pyongyang

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Young South Korean footballers leave for North Korea at the inter-Korean transit office in Paju near the Demilitarized zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas on August 10, 2018.More than 150 South Korean athletes, journalists and officials left for Pyongyang on August 10 for a football tournament, in the latest effort at sports diplomacy between the neighbours. / AFP PHOTO / YONHAP / – / – South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT NO ARCHIVES RESTRICTED TO SUBSCRIPTION USEMore than 150 South Korean athletes, journalists and officials left for Pyongyang on Friday for a football tournament, in the latest effort at sports diplomacy between the neighbors.The two Koreas, who agreed to increase sports exchanges at a landmark summit between the South’s President Moon Jae-in and the North’s leader Kim Jong Un in April, held a friendly basketball match in Pyongyang last month.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LeBron James works out with Lakers for first time As the South Korean delegation traveled north, 64 North Korean workers arrived in Seoul for a football match slated for Saturday.Waving mini white and blue “unification” flags — a pale blue silhouette of the Korean peninsula — the head of the North Korean group, Ju Yong Gil, said the football game will “create momentum for reunification throughout all classes”.It will mark the fourth such football match between North and South Korean workers, with the last game taking place in Pyongyang in 2015.All civilian communication between the two countries — which remain technically at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice instead of a peace treaty — is banned unless approved by the governments.Sporting cooperation helped spark the current diplomatic thaw, after the North sent a high-level delegation, athletes, cheerleaders and performers to this year’s Winter Olympics in the South.ADVERTISEMENT The delegation — including 84 young footballers — will travel by bus to Pyongyang for their 10-day visit, marking the first overland trip by South Korean civilians to the North’s capital in nearly seven years.Two South Korean U-15 teams — FC Gangwon and Yeoncheon Miracle — will compete in the Ari Sports Cup, a youth football tournament that runs from August 13 to 18 and also includes China, Russia, Uzbekistan and Belarus.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’A South Korean coach said the “rare opportunity” to play football in the North’s capital would be a “great experience” for his players regardless of the end result.“Rather than obsessing about the score, we will try to serve as a peace delegation with a mission to advance South-North sports exchange,” Lee Sung-keun of FC Gangwon said. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The two Koreas will also field joint teams at the Asian Games later this month and march together at the opening and closing ceremonies in Indonesia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Peza offers relief to ecozone firms View commentslast_img read more