S.Korea says DPRK agrees to send athletes to S.Korea-hosted table tennis, shooting competitions

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The DPRK has agreed with South Korea to dispatch its athletic delegations to South Korea-hosted table tennis and shooting competitions later this year.
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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea has agreed with South Korea to dispatch its athletic delegations to South Korea-hosted table tennis and shooting competitions later this year, according to a pool report released Friday by Seoul's sports ministry.

South Korean Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Roh Tae-kang held the overnight session of sports talks in Pyongyang with his DPRK counterpart Won Kil-u.

The talks, which started about 11:50pm Thursday (1450 GMT), had lasted for more than an hour at the request of the DPRK side to discuss inter-Korean sports cooperation.

The South Korean vice minister had stayed in Pyongyang since Tuesday for a series of friendly basketball matches between players of the two Koreas from Wednesday to Thursday.

The DPRK agreed to send 16 table tennis players and nine other officials to the International Table Tennis Federation World Tour Platinum Korean Open scheduled for July 17-22 in Daejeon, 160 km south of the capital Seoul.

The DPRK delegation would arrived in South Korea on July 15 and leave the southern country on July 23.

A separate DPRK sports delegation, composed of 21 shooters and supporting staff, will be sent to the International Shooting Sport Federation World Shooting Championships slated to kick off in August in Changwon, 400 km southeast of Seoul.

The DPRK's shooting delegation would arrive in South Korea on Aug. 31 and leave the country on Sept. 15.

The two sides also agreed to hold a friendly basketball match between players of the two Koreas this autumn.

Seoul and Pyongyang had agreed to let their athletes march together during the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, agreeing to field joint teams for women's basketball, canoeing and rowing.


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