Title

Playing the game? Sport and the two Koreas

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Korea: Politics, Economy and Society

Publication Date

1-1-2009

Volume

3

First Page

329

Last Page

348

Publisher

Brill Academic Publishers

Keywords

Beijing Olympics, Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), football world cup, inter-Korean interactions, Republic of Korea (ROK)

Abstract

Although in 2008 the Olympic flame did pass through the two Koreas, there was no joint entry by the two countries' athletes at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. In the World Cup, qualifying matches between the two Korean teams in 2008 were played in neutral venues because of disputes over flags and anthems. Set against the background of the importance attached to sporting prowess and national image by both Koreas and the faltering attempts since the 1990s to create inter-Korean sporting linkages, the controversies during 2008 show that political posturing in the sporting arena has not disappeared. Despite the ideal that sporting contacts are a way to overcome or at least ameliorate political differences between states and their peoples, in the context of the inter-Korean relationship, it is politics that have been both driving and obstructing sporting exchanges.

DOI

10.1163/ej.9789004180192.i-356.98

Print ISSN

18750273

Publisher Statement

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Additional Information

ISBN of the source publication: 9789004180192

Full-text Version

Publisher’s Version

Language

English

Recommended Citation

Bridges, B. (2009). Playing the game? Sport and the two Koreas. Korea: Politics, Economy and Society, 3, 329-348. doi: 10.1163/ej.9789004180192.i-356.98

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