BUSAN (Kyodo) — Busan is dropping its bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics after Pyeongchang earlier this week won the right to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, Busan's mayor said Thursday, according to Yonhap News Agency.
"We will abandon our bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics," Busan Mayor Hur Nam-sik was quoted as saying, adding that the southern port city might bid to host the Summer Olympics at some future time.
Pyeongchang, an alpine city in Gangwon Province adjoining the demilitarized zone between South and North Korea, earned a landslide victory in a vote by the International Olympic Committee in Durban, South Africa, succeeding in its third consecutive attempt to bring the Winter Games to South Korea for the first time.
Pyeongchang's successful bid has derailed Busan's plan to host the 2020 Summer Olympics as the IOC does not give one country the right to host two Olympic Games in such a short span of time, Yonhap quoted officials as saying.
It may also have derailed Tokyo chances of hosting the 2020 Summer Games, Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda indicated Wednesday.
"We should go ahead with our bid if an Asian city still has good chances for 2020, two years after the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang," Takeda said. "But we may not if we can't picture ourselves winning after thorough examinations."
Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara said Tuesday that Tokyo will bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games to contribute to reconstruction following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan.
Tokyo, which hosted the Games in 1964 but unsuccessfully bid for the 2016 Olympics, is ready to host the Olympics again "at any cost," Ishihara said.
The deadline for the 2020 bid is Sept. 1. IOC President Jacques Rogge will be in Japan next week, when Japan may formally announce its candidacy.
South Korea hosted the Summer Olympics in Seoul in 1988.