Asian Games: Unified Korean basketball team are genuine hope, not gimmick

Unified Korea's Lim Yung-hui (left) goes for the basket against India's Shireen Limaye in the women's basketball preliminary match between Unified Korea and India during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, on Aug 20, 2018.
Unified Korea's Lim Yung-hui (left) goes for the basket against India's Shireen Limaye in the women's basketball preliminary match between Unified Korea and India during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, on Aug 20, 2018.PHOTO: AFP
Unified Korea supporters hold up a banner after their team won against Indonesia in their women's basketball preliminary game between Unified Korea and Indonesia during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, on Aug 15, 2018.
Unified Korea supporters hold up a banner after their team won against Indonesia in their women's basketball preliminary game between Unified Korea and Indonesia during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, on Aug 15, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

Women a potent symbol for peace, reconciliation and unification on peninsula

JAKARTA - On court, if you've never seen them, you can't tell Ro Suk Yong, 76kg, from Yung-hui Lim, 75kg. Can't tell which of these women, in the same team, grew up to different flags. Can't tell which three women in the Unified Korean Team are from the North because in the profiles on the official website only their pictures are missing.

But if you consider it, it's appropriate that you can't distinguish North from South because surely that's the very idea of this team. That essentially they are the same. That when No. 12 passes to No. 35, who scores in the first few seconds, this isn't a peaceful North-South exchange. It's just fine basketball.

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