|Athletes from North Korea and South Korea march together during the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang (File photo by=Murad Sezer/Reuters)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] Seoul's drive for co-hosting the 2032 Summer Olympics with Pyongyang has come to an end, following a decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to name an Australian city as the only candidate up for a member vote next month, Yonhap reported.
Following its Executive Board meeting on Thursday (local time), the IOC said the fate of Brisbane as the host of the 2032 Olympics will be "in the hands" of its members. In what's expected to be a mere formality, those members will vote on Brisbane's candidacy at the IOC Session on July 21 in Tokyo. The right to host the competition became Brisbane's to lose in February when the IOC first put it on the fast track as the preferred candidate without any rival.
Seoul and Pyongyang, the capital cities of South Korea and North Korea, respectively, first declared their intention to work together to co-host the 2032 Olympics in September 2018. South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made that announcement in a joint accord following their summit talks in Pyongyang.No Olympic Games, winter or summer, have been co-hosted by two countries. In addition to the Koreas, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Qatar, Germany, and China had also expressed interest in the 2032 Olympics, the next available Summer Games.