North and South Korea agreed for a joint bid to host the summer Olympics in 2032, with the hope that it will boost reconciliation between North and South
South Korea has picked its capital Seoul for its bid. North Korea is expected to announce its candidate city later this week, the likely choice is its capital Pyongyang, before or during the IOC meeting, Seoul officials told.
Representatives from both Koreas are expected to submit their plans to co-host the event at a meeting of the International Olympic City in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Friday.
The decision to involve North Korea in the bid reflects warmer diplomatic ties between the neighbors, a year after North Korea sent athletes, supporters, and officials to the Winter Olympics in the South Korean alpine town of Pyeongchang.
South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, who favors engagement with the regime in Pyongyang, has also suggested the two countries bid to co-host the 2030 World Cup. The countries also plan to send combined teams to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon said in a statement: “Seoul will cooperate with the national government so that the 2032 Summer Olympics become something more than a sports festival… an opportunity to change the fate of the Korean Peninsula.”