Koreas to form unified ice hockey team, march together in Winter Olympics

A South Korean national flag is seen on the back of a helmet belonging to a naturalized athlete of South Korean national ice hockey team Matt Dalton during a training session in Jincheon, South Korea, December 1, 2017. Picture taken December 1, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

SEOUL (Reuters) - The two Koreas agreed during rare talks on Wednesday to form a combined women’s ice hockey team to take part in next month’s Winter Olympics in the South, and march together under a unified peninsula flag at the opening ceremony, a joint statement released by Seoul’s unification ministry said.

North Korea will send a 550-member delegation of about 550, including 230 cheerleaders, 140 artists and 30 Taekwondo players for a demonstration, the statement said.

The delegation is scheduled to begin arriving in South Korea on Jan. 25, the statement said.

Reporting by Hyonhee Shin; Editing by Toby Chopra