LATEST STORIES Back on track Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Seoul suggested the joint application after a historic inter-Korean summit in April 2018, and Pyongyang responded positively to the idea. It was the first case of a joint inscription on the list.Dating back to the Three Kingdoms period (A.D. 220-280), ssireum is a folk tradition in which, standing in a sand pit, two wrestlers wearing long fabric belts around their waists and thighs grip each other’s belt and fight to topple their adversary.It was widely played on various holidays and festivals, though it has slowly lost its popularity and given way to modern sports and entertainment in South Korea. But in the North, it is still a popular sport, with a large competition held in Pyongyang at the Chuseok holiday every fall. YonhapADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Ssireum. Yonhap via The Korea Herald/Asia News NetworkSEOUL — South and North Korea plan to hold talks on ways to boost exchanges in “ssireum,” traditional Korean wrestling, at the North’s Mount Kumgang next week, a sporting body here said Wednesday.Park Pal-yong, the chief of Seoul’s Korea Ssireum Association plans to embark on a two-day cross-border trip next Tuesday to meet with North Korean officials in charge of the sport, according to the KSA.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “One of the items to be on the table is the co-hosting of the ssireum festival slated for June,” association official Jeong In-gil said.The event, named the Dano Festival, is set to take place in South Korea’s Gangwon Province, but that could change if the two sides agree to co-host it, he said, adding that several rounds of working-level meetings will follow to arrange details.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe two Koreas also plan to work for the unification of the different terminology and rules of ssireum and push for personnel exchanges, according to the association.Such efforts have gathered steam since November after South and North Korea successfully pushed for the joint inscription of ssireum as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee.