If North and South Korea succeed in their long-shot bid to host the 2032 Summer Olympics, any athletic feats may be overshadowed by the political achievements needed to make the games happen.

Buoyed by the role the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics played in easing tensions last year, South and North Korean officials are to meet on Friday with the International Olympic Committee in Switzerland to discuss what would be the first-ever bid by two countries.

To make Olympic history, experts say the bid would need to overcome international sanctions against North Korea, decades of mistrust between Seoul and Pyongyang, and wide political and economic differences between two countries still officially at war.