Exclusive: U.S. IOC member suggests joint Korean team for Nobel Peace

Published 12/02/2018 in Full coverage of the Winter Olympics.

Exclusive: U.S. IOC member suggests joint Korean team for Nobel Peace
Feb 10, 2018- Gangneung, South Korea- South Korea president Jae-in Moon- IOC president Thomas Bach- North Korea nominal head of state Kim Long Nam- and Kimm Yo-jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pose for a picture with the women’s hockey team from Korea after women’s ice hockey Group B play against Switzerland in the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games at Kwandong Hockey Centre. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Nelles-USA TODAY Sports

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – A senior American member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) called on Sunday for North and South Korea’s joint women’s ice hockey team to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Angela Ruggiero, a four-times ice hockey world champion and Olympic gold medalist, told Reuters she would ask others to nominate the team, which included 12 players from North Korea which is still technically at war with the South.

It was the first time an inter-Korean team had competed at an Olympic Games.

“I would love the team to get the Nobel Peace Prize,” Ruggiero, a member of the IOC’s executive board said a day after the unified Korean team competed at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

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However, South Korea has been more willing to re-engage with the North than its old U.S. war ally, which wants Seoul to keep piling diplomatic and economic pressure on its neighbor.

Last month, the North agreed with South Korea to send 22 athletes and a 230-strong cheering squad to the winter Games.

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