North Korea To Bid For Joint Hosting Of Olympic Events? Well, Maybe
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un isn’t happy with either progress on his new “Masik Pass Skiing Ground” or the fact the South Korea will host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
The Jakarta Globe is reporting that Kim has issued a national appeal to speed up work on what he terms a “world class” ski resort and a “giant patriotic work.” He wants the ski area completed by the end of the year.
Masik Pass, in the northeast section of the impoverished country where lift tickets likely wouldn’t even be affordable to “locals” at Liftopia discounts, is expected to have 110 km (70 miles) of multi-ability ski runs – roughly the size of Arapahoe Basin in Colo. He also plans a hotel, heliport, and cable cars.
Speculation, according to the Globe, is North Korea might make a late bid to co-host some events of the 2018 Games, which will take place in Pyeongchang, So. Korea. It is likely also looked at as a bid to earn some much needed foreign currency via tourism.
The resort is being built by the military and will “provide the people and school youth and children with highly civilized and happy living conditions,” according to the “hurry up” message issued this week by the Korean Central News Agency. Kim, as a side note, was educated in Switzerland.
Does Dennis Rodman, who famously called Kim his “new best friend,” ski?
Photo: Masik Pass Skiing Ground construction (AFP/KCNA via KNS)