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S. Korea to propose co-hosting 2032 Olympics with North: Sports minister

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is considering making a proposal to for co-hosting Games, the country's minister said on Wednesday.

Do Jong-hwan said is thinking of co-hosting the with for regional peace. Do made the remarks during a press meeting in ahead of a ministers meeting with his Japanese and Chinese counterparts, reports

"It's a proposal of hosting the events in and Pyongyang," Do said, adding that such topics can be discussed in the third summit between the South and North in later this month.

For the 2030 Cup, Do said is thinking of co-hosting the top tournament with Asian neighbours.

"We heard that is going to make a bid to host the Cup. But we want to make a proposal of co-hosting the event with Asian neighbours like North Korea, and In this way, we can maintain the current atmosphere of peace and can connect peace with peace on the Korean Peninsula," he said.

Asked about North Korean art troupe's performance in South Korea this fall, Do said the government already notified about venues and the time period.

"We told them available times and performance venues in Ilsan, Gwangju and Incheon," he said.

"art troupe's spring performances were held in and This time, we're also thinking about staging its performances in and in one of the other cities."

Do was scheduled to have bilateral meetings with Gao Zhidan, of the General Administration of Sport of China, and with Yoshimasa Hayashi, the Japanese minister of sports, for expanding cooperation between the countries.

South Korea, and agreed to hold sports ministers' meetings after the three nations were selected as the hosts of three consecutive in South Korea this February staged the PyeongChang will host the 2020 Summer Olympics, and will be home to

"The PyeongChang showed the Olympic values very well," he said. "I hope peace in can continue through sports."

With Japan, Do said he plans to discuss the participation of unified Korean teams.

"We will ask for support from the Olympic organizers about expanding unified Korean teams and having a joint parade at 2020," he said.

"In order to form joint teams, we need to work together from the qualifying stages. We'll speak with sports associations and athletes. I'll also talk with the North Korean about this."

Asked about the possibility of North Korean leader visiting at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Do said it's a topic that needs further discussion.

"That's something that related parties need to decide. I think we have to keep working on making occasions where sports ministers from South Korea, North Korea and Japan can meet," he said.

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First Published: Wed, September 12 2018. 20:52 IST
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