N.Korean official says may be possible to co-host Asian Games with South Korea: Yonhap

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SEOUL - North Korea may be able to co-host the 2021 Asian Winter Games with South Korea and make the North's Masikryong ski resort available for the Games, a North Korean official said on Tuesday according to the South's Yonhap news agency.

Chang Ung, North Korea's representative on the International Olympic Committee, made the comments a few days after a South Korean provincial governor said Gangwon province, host for the current 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, was considering a proposal to co-host the 2021 Asian Winter Games.

The host city for the 2021 event has not been decided yet.

North Korea troupe performs in pre-Olympics celebrations

  • South Korea's well-known pop-songs, Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" and Secret Garden's "You Raise Me Up" were among the pieces performed by North Korea's art troupe as part of the pre-Olympics celebrations in the sub-host city of Gangneung on Thursday.
  • Despite being met with public protests on their arrival earlier this week, the communist state's well-known troupe, the Samjiyon Orchestra, was met with a full audience at the Gangneung Art Center.
  • Some 150,000 South Koreans had previously applied in an online lottery for some 560 available tickets to see the historical performance. Thursday's concert was the troupe's first performance in the South since 2002.
  • The all-female troupe began their 90-minute performance by singing "Nice to Meet You," a well-known, cheerful North Korean number.
  • The troupe sang at least eight South Korean songs, including South Korean singer Lee Sun-hee's song "Dear J," which was first released in Seoul back in 1984.
  • Other South Korean songs performed by the troupe include Shim Soo-bong's "A Man is a Ship, a Woman is a Port"; Wax's "Journey"; and Choi Jin-hee's "Maze of Love."
  • The choice of music may reflect the isolated state's willingness to accomodate the Olympic spirit, which values diversity and peace, Park added.