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|Dozens of South Korean basketball players arrived in North Korea’s capital on Tuesday for a series of games the two Koreas hope will foster a spirit of detente generated by the recent North-South summit meetings.
The 50 players arrived in Pyongyang on two military aircraft.
South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon headed the delegation Chad Kelly Jersey , which included 20 government officials and support staff and dozens of South Korean reporters.
North Korea’s deputy sports minister, Won Kil U, led the North’s welcoming party.
The South Korean male and female basketball players are expected to play four matches with North Koreans on Wednesday and Thursday. It was not clear whether North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would attend any of the games, but he did make a prominent appearance at a concert put on by South Korean musicians in Pyongyang earlier this year.
The exchanges are the latest result of a diplomatic outreach to the South that Kim announced during his annual New Year’s speech. That led to the North’s participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February and two summits with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
Kim has also had three summits with China’s leader and met with U.S. President Donald Trump last month in Singapore.
Cho, the South Korean unification minister Ramik Wilson Jersey , said he felt ”deeply moved” upon arrival because he could sense the change in relations in the past few months.
Basketball diplomacy has something of a history in North Korea.
Basketball made international headlines from Pyongyang when former NBA player Dennis Rodman arranged a game there in 2014 for Kim’s birthday.
South Korea’s Hyundai company built a basketball stadium in Pyongyang during the ”Sunshine Period” of engagement between the North and South and a joint game was played there in 2003.
Two rounds of inter-Korean basketball games were held before that, in 1999.
The NFL has promoted Maryann Turcke to chief operating officer, making her the highest-ranking woman at the league offices.
Turcke has overseen NFL Network in the last year. She replaces Tod Leiweke, who has left the league after three years in the job.
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Goodell also praised Leiweke.
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Turcke has been based in Los Angeles, but will move to the New York offices. NFL Network had a strong year with Turcke in charge, ranking second to ESPN in viewership during the season.
Goodell says more changes at NFL headquarters are coming. Recently, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones criticized the quality of leadership at the New York offices.
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