North Korean taekwondo team invited to Seoul

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North Korea has been invited to send a team of taekwondo athletes to Seoul, the capital of South Korea, for a demonstration event.

The invitation was sent to the Pyongyang-led International Taekwondo Federation (ITF) on September 4 by the Seoul-based World Taekwondo Federation (WTF)

Choue Chung-won, president of WTF told, Yonhap News Agency that the invitation was still awaiting an official response.

"Hopefully, the collaboration between the WTF and ITF sets an example for inter-Korean sports exchange," Choue said.

This is the second occasion that Choue has invited the ITF to take part in collaborative event after writing to the organisation’s then president Chang Ung in July.

Chang is currently North Korea’s International Olympic Committee (IOC) representative. He recently held a meeting with Choue, where the pair confirmed their commitment to increasing the number of sporting exchanging between the two nations, who are technically still at war.

Ri Yong-son, the current ITF president, is also reported to have told television and radio broadcaster Voice of America that North Korea was open to the idea of sending a demonstration team to the 2017 World Taekwondo Championships in South Korea.