Culture Minister: No Country Considering Opting out of PyeongChang Olympics

Culture Minister: No Country Considering Opting out of PyeongChang Olympics

Still, the previous time South Korea hosted the Olympics, which was the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, Kim's grandfather Kim Il Sung, the founder of the North Korean state, boycotted them after a plan to co-host the event fell apart.

"It is the dream of every athlete to compete at the Olympic Games", Bach said, appealing as an athlete not an administrator, in his speech before the GA.

The resolution was adopted with a bang of the gavel by Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak on Monday to loud applause.

This resolution called on countries "to ensure the safe passage, access and participation of athletes, officials and all other accredited persons" taking part in the upcoming Winter Games.

Organizers of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, expect long-time adversary North Korea to hold off for as long as possible on deciding whether to participate in the Games, South Korea's top sports official said on Tuesday.

Lee said that PyeongChang is ready to "welcome the world" for the 2018 Olympics with all construction done and the Olympic Flame touring the country.


"I hope that the Games will help lay the foundation for dialogue and cooperation on the Korean Peninsula which is going through political tension", said Do, adding that North Korea's participation in the Pyeongchang Games is likely to be "a last-minute decision".

Former figure skating champion Kim Yuna, a goodwill ambassador for the PyeongChang Winter Games, addressed the 193-member UN General Assembly that day, sharing her experience "in witnessing the power sport has in breaking down the walls of race, region, language and religion all around the world". "Indeed, PyeongChang represents perhaps the most honest effort to cross the frozen border between the South and North and to foster a peaceful environment".

The theme of the General Assembly this year was "Focusing on People".

In addition, the 2018 Olympics face the prospect of bringing together athletes from both North and South Korea.

A record 94 countries have expressed interest in sending athletes to next year's Winter Olympics, although North Korea have yet to indicate whether they will attend the Games. In our fragile world, the Olympic Games always build bridges.

"We are thrilled to be selected by NBC Olympics for their coverage of the 2018 Winter Games", said Adam Schmidt, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Leyard International. "They never erect walls".

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