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South Korea, North Korea still eye 2032 Olympic bid

2018 Winter Olympic Games - Opening Ceremony

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 09: The North Korea and South Korea Olympic teams enter together under the Korean Unification Flag during the Parade of Athletes during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

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A joint South Korea-North Korea 2032 Olympic bid proposal was submitted to the International Olympic Committee Future Host Commission, according to South Korean reports.

News of the written proposal came five weeks after the IOC chose a bid from Brisbane, Australia for “targeted dialogue” in the 2032 Games host selection process.

The future host commission planned to also continue talks with other groups interested in bidding for the 2032 Games.

The South Korean and Seoul governments since held consultations with the IOC, according to Yonhap News Agency.

Traditionally, Olympic hosts have been chosen from a bid process by IOC members vote seven years before the Games. While that is still possible for the 2032 Games, it’s no longer the sole option.

In 2018, after South Korea hosted the Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea and North Korea agreed to jointly bid for the 2032 Olympics.

In PyeongChang, the two nations marched together in the Opening Ceremony behind the Korea Unification flag and fielded a joint women’s ice hockey team. That summer, they fielded joint canoeing, rowing and women’s basketball teams at the Asian Games.

Pre-pandemic, there were reports of South Korea and North Korea considering looking to field joint teams in some sports at the Tokyo Games. There have not been widespread reports of that nature since the Olympics were postponed by one year to this summer.

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