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Lee Kee-heung speaks with Yonhap News Agency at his office at the KSOC headquarters in Seoul on August 14, 2019. (Yonhap)

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Korea NOC President plans North-South bid for 2024 Winter YOG

Date : 15 Aug 2019

Seoul, Korea, August 15, 2019: Lee Kee-heung, President of the Korean Sport & Olympic Committee and IOC member, is hoping that the International Olympic Committee will award the Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2024 to a joint Korea bid.

In an interview with the Yonhap News Agency in Seoul, Lee said a joint hosting of the 2032 Summer Olympic Games by South Korea and North Korea remained the ultimate goal.

Yonhap reports that the IOC recently removed a rule stipulating that Olympic host cities must be chosen seven years in advance and opened the door for multiple cities to share the quadrennial competition.

Lee said that Seoul and Pyongyang would not have to wait until 2025, and that he would try to win the joint bid well ahead of time. He added that Seoul's hosting of the General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) in November 2020 would give the city an opportunity to promote the pan-Korean bid to international sports leaders.

Lee also unveiled a plan to push for a joint-Korean hosting of the 2024 Winter YOG which, he said, would act as "a bridge" to the 2032 Summer Games.

Lee said Seoul, Pyongyang and Gangwon Province, site of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, would share the 2024 Winter YOG.

The IOC’s third Winter YOG will take place in Lausanne, Switzerland, from January 9-22, 2020.

After Tokyo 2020, the 2024 Olympics will be held in Paris and the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles, leaving 2032 as the next available slot.

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