The South Korean capital Seoul said on Thursday that it had sent a proposal to host the 2032 Olympics together with the Nordic Pyongyang to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in an attempt to keep its hopes alive despite Brisbane being ahead.
The IOC has already chosen the Australian city as the preferred partner to host the Games.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have agreed to continue the joint Olympic bid at their summit in Pyongyang at the end of 2018.
But relations have deteriorated since a summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump in 2019 failed to reach agreement on North Korea’s nuclear program, in which Moon had offered to play a mediating role.
The city of Seoul said the host had not been completed and it submitted the proposal with a vision entitled “Beyond the Line, Toward the Future.”
“The city government conveyed its legitimacy and need to host the Olympics and stressed that it will realize the IOC’s vision of world peace through sport,” it said in a statement.
Asked whether the idea was shared with Pyongyang, a city official told Reuters that the proposal was the result of meetings within the agencies and that the Ministry of Unity responsible for inter-Korean affairs would seek discussions with the North.
An official from the Ministry of Unity said the proposal was a step away from the city to highlight the importance of the two Koreas to host the event.
The Moon Administration is trying to build on the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang as it hosted for 2018, during which athletes from both Koreas marched under a unified flag at the opening ceremony and set up a combined ice hockey team for women.
South Korea has expressed hopes of reviving the momentum for bands at this year’s Olympics in Tokyo. But Pyongyang has mocked Moon in recent weeks, dismissing the possibility of a restart of talks.