THE BIG PICTURE: Now a joint Korean bid for 2032?

The latest bombshell from the Korean Peninsula is a report from South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency that the South Korean government will propose a joint bid with North Korea for the 2032 Olympic Games.

South Korean minister for sports, Jong-Hwan Do, indicated that the suggestion would be made at next week’s meeting in Pyongyang (PRK) with the North Korean leadership. Said Do, “I plan to make this proposal to the North for the settlement of peace.”

In addition, a joint bid for the 2030 FIFA World Cup with the two Koreas and Japan is also being promoted as a way to further peace in the region. (Japan and South Korea co-hosted the 2002 World Cup.)

The two Koreas fielded joint teams in canoeing, rowing and women’s basketball at the recent Asian Games in Indonesia, and the entries won one gold, one silver and two bronze medals.