Gangwon Province 'wants to co-host 2021 Asian Winter Games with North Korea'
Gangwon Province, the South Korean province in which PyeongChang, host of the winter Olympic Games presently under way, is situated, is reported to be considering a bid to co-host the 2021 Asian Winter Games with North Korea, despite the two countries still being technically at war.
Quoting Choi Moon-soon, the provincial governor (pictured, left), South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, reported that the plan is also aimed at making further use of the venues built for the winter Olympics.
A host for the 2021 Asian Winter Games is due to be selected at this year’s Asian Games in Jakarta- Palembang in August.
South and North Korean athletes marched together at the PyeongChang 2018 opening ceremony, while a combined women’s ice hockey team has been competing at the games, in moves that have been welcomed as a breakthrough in the often hostile relations between the two countries.
However, South Korea’s sports ministry appeared to play down any immediate possibility of a joint Asian Winter Games bid, saying that, while it “hopes to continue sports exchanges with North Korea after the Winter Games,” it had not yet discussed any bid for the 2021 games.