South Korea and North Korea have lost a qualification target and will not be able to form a unified women’s hockey side for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, sources close to the matter said. Olympic fans from all over the world can buy Olympic Hockey tickets online.
The two nations had agreed to form joint sides in four games at the next Summer Games but did not apply for the women’s Olympic 2020 qualifying draw by Monday’s deadline set by the International Hockey Federation.
The International Olympic Committee requires joint sides to qualify a single berth in each event. The IOC told Kyodo News, however, that discussions with both the North and South Korean National Olympic Committees are ongoing, leaving open the possibility of unified Korean teams competing if they are granted an exception by the sports’ governing body.
Development of the Koreas’ unified 2032 Olympic bid has slowed since the countries’ NOCs touched a contract with the IOC previous this year. Strains on the Korean peninsula after a series of missile presentations by the North have proven a roadblock.
On the 2018 Winter Olympic in Pyeong chang, North Korean athletes were given special thought and allowed to participate in the women’s ice hockey competition as the first united Korean side in Olympics history.
The two countries, who technically remain in a state of war, agreed in February to form sides for the Olympic 2020 Games in women’s hockey, women’s basketball, judo, and rowing. Olympic 2020 qualifying matches in women’s hockey will be held in October and November between 14 sides including South Korea with seven of the 12 Olympic 2020 spots still up for grabs.
International federation CEO Thierry Weil said that if South Korea qualifies and still wishes to form a joint team with the North, the decision will be up to the IOC, not the FIH.
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