With US President Donald Trump meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the Korean demilitarised zone on Sunday, as well as Olympic charter changes in June, momentum is building for a joint North and South Korean bid to host the 2032 Summer Olympics.
Korean Sport and Olympic Committee president Lee Kee-heung was named among 10 new members of the IOC and said efforts to bid for the Games would be accelerated.
“I told the North Korean side that we should try to win our bid in 2021,” Lee said, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.
“Sports Minister Kim Il-guk asked that we deliver a formal request through our unification ministry.”
North and South Korea first informed the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of their intention to co-host the 2032 Summer Olympics in November 2018.
The election of the 2032 host city was supposed to take place at an Olympic Session in 2025, but Olympic Charter changes voted into effect in June now allows host cities to be elected with more flexibility, according to details on the IOC home page.
Previous requirements that a single city be named to host the Games have also been revised in the charter that now stipulates that “multiple cities, regions and/or countries” can stage the Games.
The new rules “will provide a good opportunity for us,” Lee said.