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North, South Korea confirm plans for 2032 Olympics bid

North and South Korea have today (Friday) agreed to inform the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of their intention to co-host the 2032 edition of the summer Olympic Games.

The bid would continue efforts of reconciliation between the two countries, whose athletes walked out together under a unified flag at the opening ceremony of the 2018 winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea earlier this year.

In a statement released today, North and South Korea have also agreed to send a joint team to compete at the 2019 World Men’s Handball Championship in Denmark and Germany. The two countries have pledged to hold other joint events to further their relationship.

South Korean Vice Sports Minister Roh Tae-kang said, according to the Associated Press news agency: “The plan is to organise friendly competitions marking meaningful anniversaries between the South and North, for example the first anniversaries of the (April) inter-Korean summit and the Pyeongchang winter Olympics.”

Today’s development comes after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in September agreed to pursue a joint bid for the 2032 Olympics and send combined teams to the Tokyo 2020 Games, The 2032 Olympics is the next edition of the summer Games up for grabs after Paris and Los Angeles were handed the 2024 and 2028 events, respectively.

The South Korean capital of Seoul hosted the summer Olympics in 1988.

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