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North Korean cheerleaders arrive at a rest stop as their bus convoy carrying a 280-member delegation on its way to the 2018 Pyeongchang winter Olympic games, makes its way past Gapyeong on February 7, 2018.
North Korean athletes are to compete in figure skating, skiing as well as ice hockey events. The latter will see a unified team of North as well as South Korean players compete together.
The regime appears keen to allow such displays of sportsmanship as well as unity — whether the idea will allow its public to view any North Korea team in defeat is actually another matter.
Pyongyang’s late decision to participate inside Winter Olympics has stolen the limelight ahead of the games, with both the media as well as the worldwide public curious to see the North Korean delegation’s performance both in as well as out of the sporting arena.
The country is actually largely a “closed shop” to foreigners as well as the idea has proved difficult to ascertain how much of the competition will be broadcast there. Contact numbers for the North Korean Olympic Committee as well as the state broadcaster, Korean Central Broadcasting Committee, were either defunct or unobtainable.
Jean H. Lee, a global fellow with the Wilson Center as well as a former correspondent who set up Associated Press’ bureau in Pyongyang in 2011, told CNBC which sport was a big deal in North Korea — nevertheless she was unsure whether North Koreans would certainly get to see any live events.
“North Korea likes to have as much control as they can over what their people see. They don’t like the unpredictability of live broadcasts, except for events which are completely scripted, like military parades,” Lee said Thursday.
“The North Koreans won’t contain the same kind of access to the Olympics as we do. nevertheless if their athletes do well, they will certainly be celebrating the idea.”
nevertheless which doesn’t mean North Koreans are completely shut off by international sports, Lee added.
“State TV airs recorded clips by international sporting events as well as sells DVDs of Premier League matches. which means North Koreans do get to see what the idea looks like outside their country to a modest degree, including all the advertisements as well as the fans inside stands.”