Koreas Hope to Reunite for Olympics
Posted on Dec 8, 2006
Despite the fact that the two countries are still officially at war, North and South Korea will make a joint bid to host the 2014 Winter Olympics, where they hope to compete as one country. While the rest of the world has a meltdown over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, the South seems determined to resolve its differences peacefully.
[The two countries] have informed International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge they will both back the bid of South Korean city Pyeongchang.
As part of the deal a unified Korean team will take part in 2014, but they hope to have a combined team in place in time for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
North and South Korea are technically still at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended without a peace treaty.
In 1964, an attempt was made to form a joint team but political and military tensions ended any hopes of such a deal.
South Korean women celebrate a skating gold medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.