Julie Stevens, Associate Professor of Sport Management and Director of the Centre for Sport Capacity, wrote a piece in The Conversation about the approval of the International Olympic Committee to allow a unified South Korea-North Korea women’s hockey team for the upcoming Games in PyeongChang.
Based upon these two perspectives, and research I have conducted over many years, I believe the decision will help the game.
That’s because it offers an opportunity to build a sense of community that has always been central to female hockey.
I explored this theme in an article on community in Canadian women’s hockey in which I noted that as women’s hockey evolved from grassroots to international levels, it experienced a shift from collectivism and collegiality towards individuality and elitism.
I argued such change was detrimental to the female game. But the combined Korean team may provide the context for a return to collective thinking as a key part to building female hockey.
The IOC decision also offers an opportunity to build legitimacy for the female game.
Continue reading the full article on The Conversation here.