South Korea Makes Olympic Exception for North Korean Flag

Snowboarder Lee Sang-ho is considered one of South Korea's best snow sports medal chances

Snowboarder Lee Sang-ho is considered one of South Korea's best snow sports medal chances

Gold medallists will hear the Olympic anthem and not that of their country.

Both Koreas will have their largest Winter Olympics delegations ever: the South with 219 athletes and officials and the North with 46 athletes and officials.

In a message sent over a cross-border communication channel, South Korea demanded the North to fulfill mutual agreements over a set of conciliatory gestures to mark the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Seoul's Unification Ministry said.

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"I have said many times that I have never doped and do not dope now", he told Reuters. "Alongside the Olympic Channel, we hope to inspire our community with the spirit of the Olympic Movement this February and well into the future".

The physical facilities may have been satisfactory, but the internet service was slow, despite North Korea charging the visitors $4.60 every 30 minutes, said the pool report, with some journalists giving up on using it altogether. "But you and all sports fans should not have any doubts that Russian Federation will always perform, and has performed, and will support the ideas of clean sports in all senses, in all respects", Putin said.

Earlier this week, North Korea abruptly cancelled a joint cultural event with the South.

It's still unclear if Tretiakov, Nikitina or any of the other now-unbanned Russians will be allowed to compete at the Pyeongchang Games, which open next week.

The committee found - as the World Anti-Doping Agency did in 2016 - that the Russian government operated a doping program during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

Chinese athletes will make their Winter Olympics debuts in Pyeongchang in 10 events-including freestyle skiing half-pipe, bobsled and parallel giant slalom in snowboarding-in an effort to diversify the country's winter sports strength.

After the Court of Arbitration for Sport decided Thursday to overturn the Olympic bans of 28 Russian athletes who were accused of doping at the Sochi Games four years ago, Uhlaender - a veteran USA women's skeleton racer who was in line to be awarded a medal as a result of those bans - reiterated her plea that clean athletes must be protected. "Choe Ryong Hae stands the greatest chance of joining the delegation because he previously came to South Korea as part of a high-level delegation that visited during the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon", Dr. Nam said.

The IOC has also banned Russia from Pyeongchang as a result of its "unprecedented systematic manipulation" of the anti-doping system, although individual Russian athletes can compete as neutrals if they can meet stringent IOC criteria.

Of the new events making their Olympic debut in Pyeongchang, it would be a surprise if a Canadian wasn't on the podium in big air snowboarding and the mass start in long-track speedskating.

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