While the Australian city of Brisbane is privileged by the International Olympic Committee to organize the Summer Olympics of 2032, the Korean capitals Seoul and Pyongyang have submitted a joint candidacy.
After Tokyo 2021, Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028, where will the Summer Olympics take place in 2032? The city of Brisbane is favorite, since the International Olympic Committee granted it the status of “preferred candidate” last February, which should allow Australia to host the Olympics again, after Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000. But the IOC has not closed the door definitively to other candidatures, and this Thursday, it is the capitals of the two Koreas, Seoul and Pyongyang, which have submitted a joint dossier. “Our government and Seoul City Hall jointly expressed their regret following this decision (to favor Brisbane, editor’s note) and tabled the proposal after a dialogue with the IOC. The city government has expressed its legitimacy and need to co-host the Olympics, stressing that it will realize the IOC’s vision of world peace through sport “, Explains the city of Seoul in a press release, specifying that the project of candidacy is entitled” Beyond the line, towards the future “, reference to the 38th parallel which separates North Korea and South Korea since 1945 .
Common parades since 2000
This joint project could make it possible to renew ties between the two Koreas, which have weakened in recent years. Recall that from an Olympic point of view, South Korea and North Korea marched together during the opening ceremonies in 2000 in Sydney, in 2006 in Athens, in 2006 in Turin and in 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. . But the athletes did not compete under the same flag, except during the Winter Olympics three years ago, where a common female ice hockey team took part in the competition, with three defeats in three games. But the sporting aspect was obviously not the most important.