Sport: South Korea picks Seoul for 2032 Olympic bid - PressFrom - US
  •   
  •   
  •   

SportSouth Korea picks Seoul for 2032 Olympic bid

15:15  11 february  2019
15:15  11 february  2019 Source:   ap.org

South Korean court lengthens jail term for former speed skating coach in abuse case

South Korean court lengthens jail term for former speed skating coach in abuse case South Korean court lengthens jail term for former speed skating coach in abuse case

North and South Korea agreed Wednesday to pursue a joint bid to host the Summer Olympics in The International Olympic Committee is years away from picking a host for the 2032 Games. Seoul previously hosted the Summer Olympics in 1988. There were plans at both the 1988 and 2018

The India Olympic Committee has also said it could bid for 2032 , as has South Africa's Olympic committee in an attempt to bring the Olympics to Africa A successful bid by the Koreas would mark the second time South Korea hosted or co-hosted the Summer Games, the first being 1988 in Seoul .

South Korea picks Seoul for 2032 Olympic bid© The Associated Press Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon, right, speaks during the Korean Sport & Olympic Committee general assembly at the National Training Center in Jincheon, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. South Korea has chosen its capital, Seoul, for its bid for the 2032 Summer Olympics, which it hopes to jointly host with rival North Korea as a peace gesture. (Kim In-chul/Yonhap via AP)

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has chosen its capital, Seoul, for its bid for the 2032 Summer Olympics, which it hopes to jointly host with rival North Korea as a peace gesture.

South Korea's Olympic committee announced the decision after a meeting Monday in which Seoul received 34 of 49 votes, edging out the southern port city of Busan.

US, South Korean diplomats meet ahead of Trump-Kim summit

US, South Korean diplomats meet ahead of Trump-Kim summit Senior U.S. and South Korean officials have met to discuss an expected second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump's special envoy for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, arrived in South Korea earlier amid reports that he'll meet North Korean officials soon to work out details for the summit. Trump told CBS' "Face the Nation" that "the meeting is set" with Kim, but he provided no further details about the meeting expected around the end of February. The president said there was "a very good chance that we will make a deal." With the North under economic penalties and the U.S.

North and South Korea agree to pursue a joint bid to host the 2032 Olympics after a summit between the two nations' leaders. South Korea staged the Winter Olympics this year, and the capital Seoul hosted the 1988 Summer Games. North Korea 's May Day Stadium is the largest in the world with a

North and South Korea will submit a joint bid to host the 2032 Summer Olympics , the nations' two leaders agreed at a summit Wednesday. Seoul and Pyongyang will launch construction projects to connect disjointed railways and expressways on the west and east coast this year.

The Koreas are expected to officially inform the International Olympic Committee of their intent to co-host the 2032 Olympics on Friday during a meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland. While North Korea has yet to formally announce its candidate city for the Olympics, its capital, Pyongyang, is seen as the obvious choice because it's much more developed than other North Korean cities.

While Monday's decision by the South Korean Olympic committee needs approval from the country's sports and finance ministries, that is seen as a formality since the government has described the 2032 Games as a crucial opportunity to stabilize relations with North Korea.

Following a meeting of their leaders in September, the rival Koreas agreed to pursue a joint bid for the 2032 Olympics and also send combined teams to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games, among other steps to promote reconciliation.

US envoy heads to NK to prepare for 2nd Trump-Kim summit

US envoy heads to NK to prepare for 2nd Trump-Kim summit The U.S. special envoy for North Korea will be traveling to Pyongyang on Wednesday to prepare for President Donald Trump's second summit with leader Kim Jong Un. The State Department says Stephen Biegun will meet with his North Korean counterpart, Kim Hyok Chol. Trump and Kim met last June in Singapore, where they issued vague aspirational goals for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula without describing when or how it would occur. In an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation," Trump said the second summit "is set" with Kim, but provided no further details.

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean The India Olympic Committee has also said it could bid for 2032 A successful bid by the Koreas would mark the second time South Korea hosted or co-hosted the Summer Games, the first being 1988 in Seoul .

North and South Korea will bid jointly for the 2032 Olympics , they announced Wednesday, in an ambitious plan built on hopes of deepening a The two countries also formed a unified women's ice hockey side -- a move initially controversial in the South , with critics saying that Seoul was depriving

"Seoul will cooperate with the national government so that the 2032 Summer Olympics become something more than a sports festival — an opportunity to change the fate of the Korean Peninsula," Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon said in a statement.

Currently it would be extremely difficult to host the Olympics in North Korea because of heavy U.S.-led sanctions against the North which are unlikely to be removed until it takes firmer steps toward relinquishing its nuclear weapons. There continue to be doubts whether North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is willing to deal away an arsenal he may see as his strongest guarantee of survival.

There is also declining public support among South Koreans for hosting large sports events due to worries over huge costs.

Following a provocative series of nuclear and missile tests in 2017, Kim met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in three times last year and also held a historic summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in June in Singapore. But the summits failed to produce much substance regarding how and when North Korea would denuclearize, and negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang seemed to be reaching a stalemate before they agreed to a second Trump-Kim meeting on Feb. 27-28 in Hanoi, Vietnam.

For some South Koreans, it's mind-boggling that the Koreas are even talking about jointly hosting the Olympics. North Korea boycotted the 1986 Asian Games and the 1988 Summer Olympics, both held in Seoul, and relations dramatically worsened ahead of the Seoul Olympics with the North's bombing of a South Korean passenger jet that killed all 115 aboard in November 1987.

The Koreas have often used sports to facilitate diplomacy. North Korea sent hundreds of people to the Winter Olympics in South Korea's Pyeongchang in February last year, including Kim's sister, who conveyed his desire for an inter-Korean summit following tensions over North Korea's weapons tests.

Seoul: Korean War could be declared over at Hanoi summit.
Hopes that Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un will formally declare an end to the 1950-53 Korean War at the Hanoi summit rose Monday, after South Korea said the two leaders could reach an agreement. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The devastating conflict between communist North Korea, backed by China, and the capitalist South, aided by the United States, ended with an armistice rather than a peace treaty, leaving Pyongyang and Washington still technically at war.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

usr: 1
This is interesting!