In a fairly remarkable development, particularly considering where we were 12 months ago, North Korea and South Korea have agreed to launch a joint hosting bid for the 2032 Summer Olympic Games.
Both DRPK leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Kae-in made the announcement in a joint statement following another successful friendly summit between the two strained nations, as tensions between the two inch even further into unchartered amicable territory.
The statement also confirms the Koreas will cooperate in other major sporting events, including the 2020 Summer Olympics. While what that entails was not confirmed, speculation suggests the two nations could send a joint side to the Summer Games, much in the same way they did to this year’s Winter Olympics, with athletes from both nations competing under the one unified flag.
The potential jointly-hosted games would likely see events conducted across both nations, including in the North Korean capital Pyongyang. Among other things, this would probably force the upstart nation to finally reveal exactly *how many* seats are in the Rungrado 1st of May Stadium, which at one point had a State-reported capacity of 250,000 (it does not have that many).
The joint bid would be subject to reasonably fierce competition from a raft of other competing countries; Germany and India are reportedly eyeing off a bid for the games, as is Brisbane who are trying again to lure the games to Queensland.
Among the other resolutions from today’s summit includes a planned trip to Seoul by Kim Jong-un later this year, marking the first time a North Korean leader has set foot in the South Korean capital since the two nations formally split in 1945.
An Olympic Games in North and South Korea. What a bloody time to be alive, I tell you.