North and South Korean athletes played on the same team for the first time at the Asian Games, the world's biggest multisport event after the Olympics, on Wednesday, amid ongoing reconciliation efforts.

In its debut match at the Asian Games, a women's basketball team comprised of players from the two Koreas squared off against host nation Indonesia ahead of the official opening of the quadrennial meet on Saturday.

As requested by South Korea, the defending Asian Games women's basketball champion, North Korea contributed three players — center Ro Suk Yong, known as a prolific scorer, guard Kim Hye Yon and guard Jang Mi Gyong — to the 12-member roster for the five-on-five event.