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