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Seoul picked for joint Korean bid to host 2032 Olympics

AFP  |  Seoul 

has picked its capital for its bid for the 2032 summer Olympics, which it aims to jointly host with

The Koreas will officially inform the of their decision to bid at an event in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Friday.

is expected to announce its candidate city later this week - the likely choice is its capital - before or during the IOC meeting, officials told AFP.

The decision to pursue a joint bid - as well as to jointly participate in the 2020 Tokyo - was made following a series of inter-Korean talks last year, as cross-border reconciliation gathered pace.

In a meeting held by the country's Olympic committee on Monday, edged out its rival, the southern port city of

Seoul said he would ensure the bid serves as an opportunity to "change the fate of the Korean peninsula".

"If the 1988 Seoul was 'reconciliation Olympics' amid the cold war between East and West and the 2018 PyeongChang was a touchstone of peace, will be promoted to become the last stop to establish the peace".

The last time Seoul hosted the summer Olympics, in 1988, boycotted the Games.

But in recent months the Koreas have turned to diplomacy to ease tensions.

During the Pyeongchang last year, sent leader Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong, to express the reclusive regime's interest in an inter-Korean summit.

The unified Korean women's team was also a symbol of unity in Pyeongchang, despite losing all their games and finishing last.

went on to meet with South Korean Moon Jae-in three times in the wake of the Games and held a landmark summit with US in in June.

However, the joint bid poses some difficulties. North Korea is subject to economic sanctions and these are unlikely to be lifted by the unless takes firmer steps toward denuclearisation.

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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 15:05 IST