January 07, 2015 10:56
The organizing committee of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang on Tuesday rejected an idea by the Gangwon governor to share the sports extravaganza with North Korea, even symbolically.
"With the construction for all competition venues already under way, we have already made it crystal clear that there is no point of discussing co-hosting of the Olympics," Kwak Young-jin, the committee's vice president, told reporters.
Gangwon Province Governor Choi Moon-soon said in a press interview Monday that Pyeongchang could consider sharing the Winter Olympics with North Korea.
Choi said the North's participation is "important for the success of the Olympics" and added that venues for some events that do not cost much to build, like freestyle snowboarding, could take place there.
But Kwak said the governor made "inappropriate comments that disappointed the public."
Kwak added, "We're concerned that talk of co-hosting the Olympics at this stage will only have adverse effects on Pyeongchang's Olympic preparations."
The organizing committee said fielding a unified team requires close consultation with the government and advised that such a move should be approached with caution.
Choi later backtracked in a statement, saying his proposal was just "an idea."
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