October 27, 2021

Forget planes. South Korea wants to ride a North Korean railway to the Olympics.

Seoul’s unification minister wants North and South Korean athletes to pull up to the Beijing Olympics together

South Korea is home to one of the planet’s most-celebrated airports and the busiest air route in the world, but that’s not stopping one of its top officials from pitching a good, old-fashioned trade ride to the Olympics.

On Tuesday, South Korean unification minister Lee In-young said he wants to send the country’s athletes and cheerleaders to the 2022 Beijing Winter Games using a railway that would pass through North Korean land. The idea itself is more than a decade old, but with just 10 months until the Beijing Olympics, Seoul is gunning for sports diplomacy and other projects to improve inter-Korean relations.