Wednesday, November 22, 2017 | ePaper
No hint of threat to 2018 Olympics : Bach
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach downplayed security fears surrounding the 2018 Winter Olympics on Monday following the recent escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula.
Bach told reporters in Lima he was confident there would be no threat to the Games, which take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, from February 9-25.
Pyeongchang is 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the border with North Korea, which has stoked anxiety with a recent nuclear test and a string of missile launches.
"There is not even a hint that there is a threat for the security of the games in the context of the tensions between North Korea and some other countries," Bach told a press conference.
Bach said the IOC had been in contact with the governments on the peninsula and said there was "no doubt being raised about the Olympic winter games in 2018."