South Korea eyes North as co-host for 2018 Olympics

Jun 25, 2017, 01:53
South Korea eyes North as co-host for 2018 Olympics

South Korea's Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister Do Jong Hwan said he is considering ways to have some ski events at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games co-hosted by North Korea, a Seoul daily reported on Wednesday.

Mr Do also suggested forming an inter-Korean women's ice hockey team to compete at the Winter Games, which open in February.

Last week, South Korean president Moon Jae-in, who only recently formed a government after a corruption scandal engulfed predecessor Park Geun-hye, proposed that the two Koreas bid jointly for the 2030 football World Cup.

What Pyongyang thinks of the proposals is not yet clear.

The comments which directly means that both Nations will field one hockey team would help in making the Olympic in South Korea a peaceful Olympics.

Speaking to reporters Friday, Chang said he was "aware that much has been discussed in the media" about a potential co-hosting agreement, and said he would pass on what he was told to Pyongyang.

Reports also suggest that some skiing events could even be moved north of the border.

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"The whole point of the Olympics is to use sports as a way to bridge even the most acrimonious political divides", he said.

"If North Korean athletes participate in the Pyeongchang Olympics, I think it would greatly contribute in realizing Olympic values, which are about bringing humanity together and promoting world peace", said Moon.

"Sharing some Pyeongchang Olympics events with the North is simply out of question", he added.

Moon, the son of refugees from North Korea, advocates greater dialogue with their neighbours.

The Games are to be held in PyeongChang, which is just 40 miles from the demilitarized zone separating North from South.

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