Games officials: No unified team for Koreas
The organizing committee for the 2015 Gwangju Summer Universiade confirmed as the group draw for team sports was conducted on Monday there will not be a unified Korean team in the international event for university athletes.
The entry deadline is June 3, which leaves a slim chance for a unified North and South Korean team. The universiade starts on July 3.
“What the organizers can now expect is to light the torch at both Mount Paektu and Mount Mudeung and then combine them in Imjingak,” said Kim Yoon-suk, secretary general of the universiade.
The group draw for basketball, football, volleyball, water polo, baseball and handball was also held Monday. A total of 172 teams from 51 nations participate in team sports.
For women’s football, North Korea is in Group C with Brazil, China and Poland. Its women’s handball team is in Group B with Brazil, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Kim Yeon-koung MVP of Women’s Super Cup
Korean volleyball star Kim Yeon-koung, who plays for Turkish club Fenerbahce, was named MVP of the Women’s Super Cup after leading her team to a 3-2 (25-18, 23-25, 23-25, 25-14, 15-9) victory against VakifBank on Sunday in Ankara. Kim, who joined Fenerbahce in 2011, scored 35 points in the final.
Men’s national team finishes fourth in Malaysia
The Korean men’s hockey team, ranked eighth in the world ranking, finished fourth in the 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia on Sunday after losing to India. The team, led by coach Shin Seok-kyo, had a 2-2 draw in regulation time, but lost a shootout with world No. 9 India, 4-1.
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