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S. Korea to propose co-hosting 2032 Olympics with N. Korea

Sport 12.09.2018 | 14:36

TOKYO, 12 Sept. (BelTA - Yonhap) - South Korea is considering making a proposal to North Korea for co-hosting the 2032 Summer Olympics Games, Seoul's sports minister said Wednesday.

Do Jong-hwan said South Korea is thinking of co-hosting the Olympics with North Korea for regional peace. Do made the remarks during a press meeting in Tokyo ahead of a sports ministers meeting with his Japanese and Chinese counterparts.

"It's a proposal of hosting the events in Seoul and Pyongyang," Do said, adding that such topics can be discussed in the third summit between the South and North in Pyongyang later this month.

South Korean sports minister Do Jong-hwan speaks to reporters in Tokyo on Sept. 12, 2018. (Yonhap) South Korean sports minister Do Jong-hwan speaks to reporters in Tokyo on Sept. 12, 2018. (Yonhap)

South Korea, Japan and China agreed to hold sports ministers' meetings after the three nations were selected as the hosts of three consecutive Olympics in Northeast Asia. South Korea this February staged the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Tokyo will host the 2020 Summer Olympics, and Beijing will be home to the 2022 Winter Olympics.

"The PyeongChang Winter Olympics showed the Olympic values very well," he said. "I hope peace in Northeast Asia can continue through sports."

With Japan, Do said he plans to discuss the participation of unified Korean teams.

"We will ask for support from the Olympic organizers about expanding unified Korean teams and having a joint parade at Tokyo 2020," he said. "In order to form joint teams, we need to work together from the qualifying stages. We'll speak with sports associations and athletes. I'll also talk with the North Korean sports minister about this."

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