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OCA to meet North, South Korea over Asian Games participation

(Reuters) - The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) will meet with representatives from the National Olympic Committees of North and South Korea on Thursday to discuss their joint participation at this year’s Asian Games in Indonesia.

FILE PHOTO - A worker cleans near a sign for the upcoming 2018 Asian Games, which would be held in both Jakarta and Palembang, Sumatra, in Jakarta, Indonesia September 17, 2017. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

The two Koreas agreed last week to march together under a unified peninsula flag at the Aug. 18 opening ceremony and field combined teams in some events at the Games.

In February, North and South Korea fielded a combined women’s ice hockey team at the Pyeongchang Winter Games and marched together at the opening ceremony.

“The OCA is looking forward to meeting with the representatives of the NOCs of Korea and DPR Korea and discussing the next step of this joint cooperation,” Vinod Kumar Tiwari, OCA’s Director of International and NOC Relations, said in a statement.

“It is very exciting times on the Korean Peninsula and sport is playing a major role in bringing the two Koreas together in an environment of peace and understanding.”

The move comes amid warming ties between the two Koreas as relations between Pyongyang and Washington have also improved after tension last year over the North’s nuclear and missile programs.

The 18th Asian Games will be held in Jakarta and Palembang from Aug. 18 to Sept. 2.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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