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South Korea moves forward with bid to co-host 2032 Olympics with North Korea

South Korea moves forward with bid to co-host 2032 Olympics with North Korea
April 2, 2021

Seoul’s metropolitan government has this week announced that it has notified the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of its intention to enter a joint bid for the 2032 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games with Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea.

With officials in Seoul reportedly having been considering the bid since September 2018, the co-hosting bid challenges the IOC’s February announcement that Brisbane was its 'preferred candidate city' for the 2032 Games.

According to South Korean news agency Yonhap, the local government of South Korean capital city’s government has advised that a written proposal on the joint hosting of the 2032 Games has been submitted to the IOC’s Future Host Commission, quoting the metropolitan government as stating “the IOC selected Australia’s Brisbane as the preferred host for the 2032 summer Olympics in a surprise move announced on Feb. 25.

“The South Korean government and the Seoul city immediately expressed regrets at the decision and held consultations with the IOC, leading to the presentation of the co-hosting proposal.”

With Brisbane not yet officially confirmed as the host of the 2032 Games, Seoul’s metropolitan government has asked the IOC to continue to hold talks with other potential host cities

In November 2018, North and South Korea agreed to inform the IOC of their intention to co-host the 2032 Games. The bid is designed to continue efforts of reconciliation between the two countries, whose athletes walked out together under a unified flag at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, as well as fielding a combined women’s ice hockey team.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in September 2018 agreed to pursue a joint bid for the 2032 Olympics. In February 2019, Seoul was selected as South Korea’s candidate city for the joint bid, with the capital defeating a rival bid from Busan, the country’s second-largest city.

In November last year, South Korea made its first formal proposal to North Korea to co-host the 2024 winter Youth Olympic Games. The IOC in January 2020 voted to award the event to Gangwon Province in South Korea, with the lack of a designated host city opening up the possibility that the YOG could be shared.

The Seoul’s metropolitan government advised yesterday that its co-hosting proposal for 2032 will be run under the banner of ‘Beyond the Line, Toward the Future’.

Five major concepts have been identified, including cost reduction and minimal environmental damage, inter-Korean connection and peace, and a combination of cutting-edge technology and Korean culture.

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