FIH creates plan for joint North and South Korean team
The FIH, field hockey’s world governing body, has created an action plan aimed at ensuring the participation of a unified North and South Korea team at future FIH events, including the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The move follows the International Olympic Committee’s initiative in bringing the teams of North and South Korea to march together at the ceremonies at last year’s PyeongChang winter Olympics, where a combined team also competed in the women’s ice hockey competition.
The move was regarded as the start of a major softening in the often-hostile relations between the two Koreas.
The FIH said that “a number of concrete proposals such as joint training camps or exchange programmes” have been made, with both Koreas’ national hockey associations having stated their intention “to consult their respective national Olympic committees and governments on this vision.”
The FIH added that it “firmly believes in the power of sport to act as a catalyst for peace and will therefore decisively continue to play an active role for this cause.”