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South Korea Picks Seoul For 2032 Olympic Bid

South Korea chose Seoul for its bid for the 2032 Summer Olympics, which it "hopes to jointly host with rival North Korea as a peace gesture," according to Kim Tong-Hyung of the AP. South Korea’s Olympic committee announced the decision after a meeting Monday in which Seoul received 34 of 49 votes, "edging out" the southern port city of Busan. The Koreas are expected to officially inform the IOC of their intent to co-host the 2032 Olympics on Friday. While North Korea has yet to formally announce its candidate city for the Olympics, its capital, Pyongyang, is "seen as the obvious choice" because it is "much more developed than other North Korean cities" (AP, 2/11).