JAKARATA/SEOUL -- For this year's Asian Para Games, Lim Woo-geun is looking forward to more than just winning a gold medal. The 31-year-old is eagerly anticipating competing with North Koreans in a unified team.
"I have yet to meet North Korean athletes, but when I heard the words 'unified Korean team' it gave me goosebumps," Lim said after training at Gelora Bung Karno Aquatic Center in Jakarta, on Wednesday. "Regardless of the result, it will be nice just competing with them."
For the first time ever in their para sports history, South and North Korea will send joint teams to an international competition for disabled athletes. The Koreas agreed to compete together as one team in the men's table tennis team competition and the men's swimming medley relay event. The rosters for the joint teams have yet to be announced.
"There is a possibility that a North Korean swimmer takes the freestyle portion of the medley relay, while South Korean swimmers cover the rest," South Korea's para swimming head coach Sun Chang-yong said. "Lim is likely to compete in breaststroke."