April 16, 2024
Analysis

New ski resort echoes North Korea’s ’88 Olympics bid

IOC rules forbid co-hosting, making Pyongyang’s co-hosting dreams unlikely to work

The North’s new Masik Pass ski resort is not just for propaganda: It’s also meant to catch the eye of the International Olympic Committee, and is part of a bid to co-host the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Similar to Pyongyang’s bid to co-host the 1988 summer Olympics with Seoul, the North Korean leadership hopes that the Masik Pass ski resort, one of Kim Jong Un’s recent construction projects, can make their nation a viable option to share the Games with South Korea.

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