(g to d) South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s wife, Kim Jung-sook, President, IOC President Thomas Bach, North Korea President Kim Yong Nam, and the leader’s sister Korean Kim Jong Un, Kim Yo Jong, sitting in front of North Korean cheerleaders, Gangneung, February 10, 2018
„In 10 years we will be together“, launches hopeful Lee Tae-hwan, a South Korean in the spans of the ice rink of Gangneung Saturday. The hockey match of the two Koreas rallied against Switzerland, gave rise to some hopes for some. Not necessarily for others.
Was there a key moment in the history of the two Koreas? The future will tell. But for some, this momentous announcement of the Pyeongchang Games has kept all its promises in a Gangneung rink moved Saturday into a geopolitical theater.
„It’s a historic event, the two Koreas have to stay together, Korea is one, it’s an old nation, and this moment is important for our future history,“ said Lee Tae-hwan, a city council employee. Seoul. The last time the two Koreas had mixed up for a sporting event goes back more than 27 years in a team tennis tournament in Japan … A long parenthesis …
The sporting result did not matter. Korea lost 8-0 to the Swiss. The essential was elsewhere.
Because this part will remain whatever happens rich in symbols: the sister of Kim Jong Un encouraging with the South Korean president the team of Korea reunited for the first time on the Olympic ice. An image, one more, of a relaxation paradoxically sealed on the ice …
– A beginning ?-
If the game of Korean hockey has not sparks, in the stands the demonstration recorded no false note, with North Korean cheerleaders impeccable encouragement. And a general tone fitting in these Winter Games of peace.
„This part is fantastic, we are a race, this is the beginning of something important,“ Chong Choi, a 40-year-old South Korean, said.
„It’s a great opportunity to talk to us, to understand and communicate,“ he says before nuance, but I do not know if a unification can be done so quickly.
For all that, everyone in the audience did not show the same enthusiasm. Little did eventually waved the reunified flag during the game. Proof that the road is still long towards a reunification that is not yet unanimous in the country of calm morning.
„We do not believe that the two Koreas will meet one day and we do not want that to happen,“ says Chelsea Byun, a young South Korean girl in her twenties. „The majority of young people you ask will tell you the same thing,“ she says.
With his girlfriend Lisa Joung, they had bought their tickets for the match before knowing that the two Koreas were going to play together.
„South Korea is progressing economically and reunification would slow this progress, and it would be very difficult to change things in North Korea,“ Chelsea added. Like the complex relationship between the two Koreas, nothing seems simple. But the time of a match, a dream is still past …