By Gary Anderson

September 10 - The successful Tokyo 2020 Olympic bid has forced Busan to postpone its 2024 Olympic bidSouth Korean city Busan has postponed its bid to host the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics following the awarding of the 2020 Summer Games to Tokyo.

The country's second largest city had formally announced its decision to bid for the 2020 Games at a summit of Asian and Pacific leaders in 2005, but changed its focus to 2024 after another South Korean city, Pyeongchang, was awarded the hosting rights for the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in 2011.

Pyeongchang, in the north of the country, had been bidding for a third consecutive time to host the event.

Officials close to the Busan bid feel that the International Olympic Committee (IOC)'s decision to award Tokyo its second Games in 2020 last Saturday (September 7), following on from those of 1964, will make it less likely that another host city will be chosen in the Northeast Asian region so soon after, particularly as the 2008 Games were held in Beijing, China.

The Busan Stadium played host to a number of matches during the FIFA World Cup in 2002The Busan Stadium played host to a number of matches during the FIFA World Cup in 2002

With the 1998 Winter Games having taken place in Nagano, Japan, Busan officials are now considering a bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics as a more realistic target, giving it more time to update and improve infrastructure and put together a stronger proposal.

The southern port city, which has a population of about 3.5 million, hosted the 2002 Asian Games and held a number of matches at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

South Korea's capital city Seoul hosted the Summer Olympics in 1988.

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