— Published 19 October 2022

Seoul ready to launch

Perfect timing. At a time when the city of Seoul is hosting the general assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) from 19 to 21 October, South Korea is about to announce its bid for the 2036 Summer Games. According to Maeil Business News Korea, the capital’s mayor, Oh Se-hoon, will announce the project on Monday 24 October during a visit to the IOC headquarters in Lausanne. This was preceded by a very official dinner earlier this week in Seoul, on the sidelines of the ANOC General Assembly, where South Korean President Yoon Seok-yeol met with Thomas Bach and several other officials from the Olympic movement. Although not yet official, Seoul’s bid for the 2036 Summer Games already enjoys strong popular support. A poll published on Monday 17 October showed that almost 73% of the inhabitants of the South Korean capital said they were in favour of the Olympic project. As a reminder, South Korea hosted the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang and will host the 2024 Youth Winter Games in Gangwon. For the Summer Games in 2036, the capital’s bid is expected to be built around the Jamsil Sports MICE Complex (pictured above), a project that builds in part on the legacy of the 1988 Seoul Games. Its projected budget is announced at just under 4 billion dollars.