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Korea NOC to decide candidate city for 2032 Olympics bid next week

Date : 08 Feb 2019

Seoul, Korea, February 8, 2019: South Korea's National Olympic Committee will decide on a candidate city for its 2032 Summer Olympic Games bid next week, Yonhap News reports.

The Korean Sport & Olympic Committee (KSOC) said the city would be decided at its general assembly on Monday. So far, Seoul and Busan have submitted applications to host the 2032 Olympics.

South Korea plans to co-host the 2032 Olympics with North Korea. It will submit a letter of intent to the International Olympic Committee when sports officials from the two Koreas and the IOC meet in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Feb. 15.

Under the process, South Korea must select a candidate city before submitting its bid to the IOC.

The KSOC completed on-site inspections of the two cities from Jan. 23-25. Based on the findings from these visits, the KSOC members will cast their votes to select South Korea's candidate city.

South Korea's sports and finance ministries will then review the Olympic bid.

South Korea is trying to bring the Summer Olympics to its soil for the first time since the 1988 Seoul Games. The country is also hoping it can stage opening and closing ceremonies simultaneously with Pyongyang.

So far, Germany, Australia, India and Indonesia have shown their interest in hosting the 2032 Olympics. The bidding competition for the 2032 Games is expected to begin in earnest in 2025.

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