Boost for Korean 2032 Bid

(ATR) Efforts to grow the joint Korean bid come as Australia takes a step back in the bidding process.

(ATR) The campaign for a joint Korean Olympic Games in 2032 receives new support.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government, the National Unification Advisory Council (NUAC) and the Seoul Sports Council signed a business agreement this week, according to a Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) report.

The NUAC will use its domestic and international network to help grow public support for the 2032 bid that calls for Seoul and North Korean capital Pyongyang to co-host.

The Seoul Sports Council has agreed to form a group that will work on reaching a consensus on the bid.

KBS reports that the Seoul government signed off on "domestic procedures, including the promotion plan" in January.

Seoul was chosen as the South Korean host city in February 2019. North and South Korea agreed to pursue a joint bid for the 2032 Summer Games during a summit in September 2018.

The latest effort to move forward in Korea comes as the Australian bid for 2032 was put on hold by the Queensland state government last week, citing the need to focus on responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

Australia is further along in the bidding process than the two Koreas or any of the other potential hosts, including India, Germany, Indonesia and China.

There is still plenty of time for the IOC to decide on a host for both 2032 and the 2030 Winter Games.

Beginning in 1991, the IOC chose the host Olympic city seven years in advance. But under the new rules for the bidding process, there is no longer a specific timetable for choosing a host.

The unprecedented double allocation in 2017 of Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 has given the IOC additional breathing room for the 2032 selection.

The Italian bid of Milan-Cortina was chosen last year for the 2026 Winter Games. Sapporo, Salt Lake City and Barcelona-Pyrenees are the three potential bidders for 2030.

Earlier this month, IOC President Thomas Bach told a teleconference "we are very happy with the quantity and quality of the bidders for 2030 and 2032".

Written by Gerard Farek

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