South, North Korea to officially inform IOC for 2032 Olympics’ joint bid

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Arch rivals South Korea and North Korea have teamed up in a bid to host 2032 Olympics jointly. North and South Korea have reached an agreement to formally inform the International Olympic Committee of their plans to make a joint bid to co-host the 2032 Olympics.

Two traditional foes have also reached an understanding to field united team at the World Handball Championship next year, Sportspromedia has reported.

The consensus to make a joint bid was arrived at a meeting between the officials from the two Korean nations at Kaesong, North Korea. The decision to send a joint team for the

World Handball Championship was also taken at the same meeting.

The decision confirms the reports surfaced in September last year that the two Korean nations would make a joint bid to host the 2032 Olympic Games.

Commenting on the latest developments, South Korean vice sports minister Roh Tae-kang said: “The plan is to organise friendly competitions marking meaningful anniversaries between the South and North, for example the first anniversaries of the inter-Korean summit and the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.”

South Korea had played host to the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. However, there are fears that the joint bid this time might deprive the Seoul establishment of hosting the Games again in wake of the US sanctions against North Korea. The USA is unlikely to relent until North Korea makes a move to relinquish its nuclear arsenal. The threat of a lack of public support among South Koreans for hosting major sports events due to concerns over significant operating costs is also not ruled out.

The two Koreas have made significant reconciliation efforts through sport over the past year, which included marching under one flag at this year’s Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, where they also fielded a joint women’s ice hockey team.

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