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[VIDEO NEWS] Are the North Korean Hockey Players Getting a Free Ride?

Jan 23,2018
1) “What happened to equal opportunity? Fair process? Just outcome?”

2) The younger generation’s opposition to the joint ice hockey team is very strong

3) “It’s not like the women’s ice hockey team has a chance at a medal." As if baffled by the negative reaction, Prime Minister Lee Nak-
yeon let his tongue slip.

4) For the members of the Blue House who belong to an older generation, the history of unified North and South teams is a point of pride.

5) In the World Table Tennis Championship of 1991, the joint team became world champions.That same year, at the FIFA World Youth Championship, the joint youth soccer team made it to the quarterfinals for the first time.

6) Joint teams have been popular with Koreans before.

7) However, this time, the public is reacting negatively.

8) The opportunity of the South Korean hockey players, who have been training for the Olympics for four years – is it not being sacrificed for political purposes?

9) Is it fair to dismiss the South Korean hockey team for the sake of inter-Korean relations, just because “it’s not like they have a chance at a medal” as the prime minister said?

10) The public appears to be divided on not as supportive of this year’s inter-Korean team. It is already too late to undo the joint team decision. Despite the coach’s request for “no pressure to appoint North Korean players,” the team is required to include three each game.

11) “Do not force sacrifice on citizens for the sake of the state.” “No one should be treated like this, regardless of competence.” The Blue House’s online petition forum is inundated by posts demanding the cancellation of the joint team.

12) In this day and age, the individual’s sacrifice for the state is no longer taken for granted.

Video sourced from JoongAng Ilbo
Directed by Lee Jeong-bong
Produced by Oh Da-seul
Translated by Kim Hyo-jung
Edited by James Constant