notifies list of those visiting North Korea for South-North
unification basketball game
The ROKG sent a document to the North of a list of 100 people,
including a government delegation and men’s and women’s squads, who
will visit North Korea from July 3 to 6 to participate in the
South-North unification basketball game in accordance with the
agreements reached at the inter-Korean athletic talks on June 18.
The visitors to the North is comprised of a government delegation
headed by Unification Minister Cho Myoung Gyon (along with five
members including Second Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and
Tourism Roh Tae-kang, and President of Korean Sport & Olympic
Committee Lee Kee-Heung), men’s and women’s squads, a press corps
and a broadcasting team. The visitors are scheduled to travel
through the West Sea direct air route on July 3.
A total of 50 people will form the squads, mainly comprised of
national team players - 25 persons each for men's and women's
squads, including judges and Korea Basketball Association officials.
30 people of press corps and broadcasting team, and 15 people of
government support team will join the visit.
The South-North unified basketball game will hold a total of four
matches - mixed matches on Wednesday July 4, and goodwill matches on
Thursday July 5.
In mixed matches, South and North Korean athletes will be combined
and formed into "Team Peace" and "Team
Prosperity" respectively. Coaches of the South and the North
will be in charge of coaching each team.
The goodwill matches will be divided into "Team Blue(the South
side)" and "Team Red(the North side)" and the South
and the North decided not to use national flags or play national anthem.
The matches will be held either at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium or
Ryugyong Jong Ju Yong Gymnasium. The matter is currently under
consultation with the North.
The R.O.K. Government will do its best to build trust through
inter-Korean exchange and cooperation by successfully holding the
South-North unification basketball game.