Could North Korea co-host the 2018 Winter Olympics?

May JohnsonJun 25, 2017

A South Korean governor says he wants participation with North Korea in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, but there's simply not enough time to consider co-hosting the event.

The announcement, made by sports minister Do Jong-hwan, is the latest in a series of olive branches waved by Seoul's new administration created to thaw relations with Kim Jong-un's regime north of the border.

"Hopefully we'll be able to ease lingering tensions as we try to bring North Korea on board", Do said, adding that he was also considering carrying the Olympic torch in North Korean cities such as Kaesong or Pyongyang.

In comments reported by the Korea Herald, Do suggested the North and South could enter one women's ice hockey team, helping to make Pyeongchang a "peace Olympics".

What Pyongyang thinks of the proposals is not yet clear.

He said he plans to discuss the idea with Mr Jang Woong, the North's delegate to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and IOC president Thomas Bach when they visit Seoul later this month for the close of an international taekwondo competition. According to a report by The Guardian, South Korea is attempting to see if North Korea can host some events to help improve peace relations.

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A 13-hour time difference between NY and South Korea could actually work to NBC's advantage for showing live events such as skiing and figure skating in USA prime time, Zenkel said, adding that events for US ski racers Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin should be a draw.

In South Korea, however, NBC would not be inviting guests to the Games and would instead be hosting them in the US ski town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Zenkel said.

He was speaking after South Korea's sports minister was quoted as saying some skiing events for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics could be held in North Korea, although officials insist he was misunderstood.

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

No North Korean athletes have qualified for the 2018 games.

Taeyang, a member of the popular K-pop boy band BIGBANG, was appointed as an honorary ambassador for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Wednesday.

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