SKorean president calls for NKorean Olympic participation

Taeyang selected as Pyeong Chang Olympics ambassador

The Olympic rings outside the Gangneung Hockey Centre in Gangneung, South Korea.

It is the only one ski resort in the North and the brainchild of the country's leader Kim Jong Un.

"North Korea says the Masikryong Ski Resort was built according to global standards, and I intend to discuss this with Chang", Do told the Chosunilbo.

Pyeongchang 2018 appear to open to the possibility, with the organisers now reviewing the plans.

Do also said consideration is being given to the idea of taking the Olympic torch relay through North Korean cities like Kaesong or Pyongyang, the daily said.

After being officially named an honorary ambassador for the upcoming winter 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, Big Bang member Taeyang will also be releasing a song to commemorate the Olympics.

The prospect was suggested by Gangwon Province Governor Choi Moon-soon that South Korea's bitter rival could host some of the snowboarding events in an effort to ease tensions.

"Sharing some Pyeongchang Olympics events with the North is simply out of question", he added.

A North Korean taekwondo team will join South Korean athletes this weekend in a demonstration at the opening ceremony of the sport's world championships in Muju, South Korea.

Moon was elected as the country's President on May 9, after a cronyism scandal led to Park Geun-hye being impeached.

Moon, the son of refugees from North Korea, advocates greater dialogue with their neighbours.

In April, the South Korean women's football team faced the North's players in Pyongyang, while the North Korean women's hockey team took on South Korea at the women's hockey world championships held in the South.

Currently, North Korea have not qualified any athletes for the Games, with pairs figure skating representing their only hope.

Asked by reporters whether the North has an intention to field a unified women's ice hockey team with the South for the Pyeongchang Games, Chang said he is not in the position to speak for the North Korean government, noting he has visited the South as an International Olympic Committee representative from the North.



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