The winter Olympics are quickly approaching. The 2018 winter games will go from February 9th until February 25th, and take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Whether you're an avid Olympic games follower or not, you've most likely seen headlines buzzing with news about the games next month. It was recently revealed that North Korea and South Korea will march under the same Olympic flag during the games. The news is a big deal, and has been met with a ton of mixed responses.
North Korea and South Korea will unify together for the winter Olympics, marching under a single flag.
Along with walking under the same flag, they have also agreed to create a joint women’s ice hockey team. BBC News reports that both countries met in the village of Panmunjom, which is a truce area.
It's been quite a long time since the two Koreas have been in talks with one another.
It’s been roughly two years since the countries have had this much communication or long talks regarding an issue.
So what happens if the plans go through and move forward?
It means that hundreds of North Koreans will be let into South Korea for the games.
The parties include 140 orchestral musicians, 230 cheerleaders, and 30 taekwondo athletes. According to BBC News, they’ve also agreed to send a smaller number in March to the Paralympics.
Not everyone is looking at this joint venture as a good thing.
In fact, South Korea’s hockey coach expressed concern regarding a joint hockey team. They claimed it could hurt South Korea’s chances of doing well in the Olympic games.
The hockey coach is not alone.
Thousands and thousands of people have signed petitions to encourage President Moon Jae to veto the joint plan.
So how can the plan actually go forward?