dotting the I’s, crossing the T’s.
Irony or not, the actual mechanics of getting North Korea situated into the 2018 South Korea Winter Olympics will take place on the one year anniversary of Donald Trump being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. There will be a meeting at the International Olympic Committee’s Swiss headquarters and a number of issues apparently need to be worked out so North Korean can be fully integrated into the Games that start on February 9. The first is trying to figure out exactly how many North Koreans can take part in the Games. There is a notion that at least three North Korean women can be added to the South Korean ice hockey team. That number could be as high as eight. But before that is decided, there is the Opening Ceremonies athlete march.
Will North Korea athletes join South Korean athletes in the ceremonies? The two Korea Olympics teams did join together at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2000 Sydney Summer Games along with 2004 Athens Summer Olympics and the 2006 Turin Winter Games. An agreement has to be reached on questions regarding the use of the North Korean flag, national anthem and team uniform. The discussion will then center on North Korean Olympics joining the South Korean team and how that will be accomplished. The last time there was a joint Korean team was at the 1936 Berlin Games when the Korean peninsula was under Japanese control. The International Olympic Committee has some experience with split countries as the East and West Germany squads competed as one country in the 1956 Melbourne, 1960 Rome and the 1964 Tokyo Games. Starting in 1968, the two countries went their separate Olympic ways until the Berlin Wall came down and Germany had a unified team for the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games. North Korea and South Korea have resumed talking to each other.
Finishing the deal.