SEOUL, The South Korean canoe governing body said Tuesday it has started trials for a joint Korean team in dragon boat racing at the upcoming Asian Games.

The Korea Canoe Federation (KCF) said eight male and eight female paddlers will go through trials through Sunday, before the final roster of eight is determined.

Following the inter-Korean summit in April, the KCF announced it would push for the formation of a single Korean team in the traditional boat race, commonly known as the dragon boat race, one of the three canoe disciplines at the Aug. 18-Sept. 2 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia.

The KCF is hoping the South Korean roster will be joined by North Korean athletes. Specifics of the potential unified Korean team will likely be determined at the inter-Korean sports talks scheduled for June 18.

Source: Yonhap News Agency