Winter Olympics 2018: Olga Graf turns down International Olympic Committee invite for Pyeongchang

Feb 01, 2018, 00:17
Winter Olympics 2018: Olga Graf turns down International Olympic Committee invite for Pyeongchang

The "Saturday Night Live" comedian is joining NBC's coverage of the Pyeongchang Olympics as a contributor, reprising her role from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

The two Koreas have since agreed on several things, including cultural performances by North Korea in the South and a unified women's ice hockey team for the Olympics.

According to Seoul's Unification Ministry, North Korea's explanation for pulling out of Sunday's event was that there had been "biased" media reports in the South.

After suffering a knee injury in December 2017, the 25-year-old was cleared for competition and secured her place just last week. Ha, the lead vocalist of the popular indie rock band, rose to prominence previous year in South Korea after appearing on the popular television show King Of Masked Singer. South Korea held discussions with the United States until the last minute to ensure the trip wouldn't violate US sanctions against the North.

The Unification Ministry was expected to send its formal response to North Korea's decision some time on Tuesday.

Ministry officials said they expect a joint training session between the countries' non-Olympic skiers at a North Korean ski resort to go on as planned this week.

Pyongyang sent a notice late Monday evening stating that it has "no choice but to cancel the concert as the South Korean media goes to the length of disputing the North's internal events, while continuing to stir up controversy that insults the North's honest measures".

Other conciliatory gestures the Koreas have agreed to hold during the Olympics include a joint march under a "unification" flag during the February 9 opening ceremony and fielding a unified team in women's ice hockey.

Many hockey players choose jersey numbers as homages.

They are the only USA women to wear No. 21 at the Olympics.

United Nations Security Council resolutions and South Korean government sanctions do not contain provisions that bar South Korean planes from entering North Korea.

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