N. and S. Korea Agree to Joint Participation in Tokyo, Bid for 2032 Games

North and South Korea have agreed to submit a joint bid for the 2032 Olympic Games, as well as participate in the Toyko 2020 as one team, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae In met for a summit meeting in North Korea’s capital of Pyongyang Wednesday and released a statement about the joint bid. Few details about the agreement have been made public, including how the Olympic events would be split geographically, and how North Korea would be able to host international athletes, fans, and media given its strict travel policies.

However, it will be at least a few years until the International Olympic Committee would award the 2032 host; recent trends indicate that announcement will probably be made in 2025. Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 were just announced last year.

South Korea previously hosted the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul and 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. In both years, there were plans to hold some events in North Korea that never came to fruition.

In addition to the joint bid, Reuters reported that the two nations will compete as one in Tokyo, which would continue the precedent set at the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang last February. To those Games, North Korea sent a delegation of athletes and officials, and the two nations entered the opening ceremonies together, and additionally competed as a combined women’s hockey team.

Should the Koreas eventually be awarded the bid, it would be the fifth instance – on top of Beijing 2008, Pyeonchang 2018, Toyko 2020, and Beijing 2022 – of the Olympics taking place in Asia this century. Australia, India, China and Indonesia are among the other nations who have expressed interest in hosting.

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Jmanswimfan

No way unlese Kim cedes much more

Jmanswimfan

Then again FIFA will have the world cup in a country that is built on slave labor. So maybe profit >>> morals

SUM Ting Wong

All of these ME oil states use Asians as slave labour whilst paying whites attractivetax free packages. It has never been enough for people to get upset at before US /UK were denied the WC . Certainly US is happy to base 11,000 personnel ( + low 100s others ) there .

PsychoDad

Not only ME oil states… Taiwan run (close to) concentration camps for Thai and Filipinos in their factories, before they all moved to China. Workers lived in dorms with guards preventing them to leave. They were bused to the plants and brought back. They could leave camp only for 6 hours on Sundays to buy supplies.

PsychoDad

For fine work of Americans and British in meddling with Asian countries, read books about them bringing down first (and only) secular and democratic President of Iran, Mohammad Mosaddegh, and basically enabling era of Iranian fundamentalism. Great culture off Persian brought back in time by half of century thanks to fine work of leaders of free world.

SUM Ting Wong

Isn’t it up to Koreans?

dmswim

While it’s a number of years away, I would want much improved relations and consistent cooperation for a number of years before the Olympics were hosted this way. It would be a disaster if peace fell apart between the two countries right before the games.

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Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majors in Media Studies and American Studies at Claremont McKenna College. When she's not writing about swimming or baseball, you can probably find her listening to a podcast or in a pool ... and/or watching Seinfeld, which she just realized is funny.

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