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Koreas showcase joint taekwondo performance

IANS  |  Pyeongchang (South Korea) 

The two Koreas showcased a joint performance here on Friday ahead of the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang

The demonstration teams, from the South Korea-based World (WT) and the North Korea-led (ITF), held a joint performance at the here as a part of the pre-opening ceremony events for the 23rd Winter Games, reports news agency.

This is the first time since last June that the Koreas had a taekwondo performance together south of the border. The North's taekwondo team performed in during WT's Championships in Muju,

The South Korean team started the performance, breaking wooden boards with high kicks. Seventeen North Korean taekwondo practitioners followed next, showing powerful moves.

Some 200 North Korean cheerleaders on the second deck of the stadium shouted slogans like "power up," "our nation's unification," and "we're one" during their performance.

The taekwondo practitioners from the two Koreas then performed together on the stage at the open-air, arena.

The South and the North previously agreed to have four joint taekwondo performances during the PyeongChang The North's taekwondo team arrived in the South on Wednesday.

Following the performance in PyeongChang, two taekwondo demonstration teams will move to in Sokcho, Gangwon Province, for their second joint performance on Saturday. They will then head to for joint performances on Monday and Wednesday.

North Korean taekwondo practitioners are scheduled to return home next Thursday via a land route, while the ITF officials will take a flight from



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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 18:16 IST