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  • FA Planning To Send British Women's Team To Tokyo 2020 Olympics

    The English FA "plans to put together a British women's team for the Tokyo Olympics" in '20, according to the BBC. Great Britain did not field a team in Rio last summer because the four home nation FAs "could not come to an agreement." But FA CEO Martin Glenn said that talks have taken place "about entering a team in three years' time." He said, "They're not going to actively support us, but they're not going to stand in the way. We've worked really hard with the other home nations to get them behind the idea that a British team would be good for football both in England but also in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland." England's FA put forward the idea of sending Great Britain teams to the 2016 Olympics, but FIFA said that it "would need the agreement of all the ruling bodies" (BBC, 8/10).

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  • IOC 'Closely Monitoring' North Korea Crisis, Says PyeongChang Games 'On Track'

    The IOC said on Thursday that it was "closely monitoring" rising tensions on the Korean peninsula, less than 200 days before the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics are set to begin, according to Karolos Grohmann of REUTERS. The Games will return to the country next year for the first time since the 1988 Seoul Olympics. But what would be the first Winter Games in Asia outside of Japan and the first of three consecutive Olympics on the continent "risk being overshadowed by the mounting crisis involving North Korea." The "reclusive North's apparent progress" in developing nuclear weapons and missiles capable of hitting the U.S. mainland "led to a war of words this week between the two countries, unnerving regional powers." An IOC spokesperson said, "We are monitoring the situation on the Korean peninsula and the region very closely. The IOC is keeping itself informed about the developments. We continue working with the organizing committee on the preparations of these Games, which continue to be on track" (REUTERS, 8/10). The BBC reported South Korea President Moon Jae-in said in July that the North will be "given until the last minute to decide whether it will take part in the Games." He "wants to get North Korea involved," even though none of its athletes have qualified. However, his proposal for collaboration between the North and South teams has "already been turned down by a top North Korean sports official as unrealistic in the current political climate" (BBC, 8/10).

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