The PyeongChang 2018 bid committee extended it’s “heartfelt sympathies” to all those affected in recent military skirmishes with North Korea, and in a statement to The Associated Press said it is confident South Korea can keep the 2018 Winter Olympic Games safe.
PyeongChang 2018 said in the statement tensions had existed on the Korean peninsula for 60 years, but has never threatened high-profile international events including the 1998 Summer Olympics and the 2002 football World Cup.
The statement said, “throughout this time our country has hosted many successful and safe (sports) events…as well as many high-profile international meetings and conferences such as the recent G20 Seoul Summit. PyeongChang 2018 and the South Korean Government will ensure that the 2018 Winter Games are safe and secure if we have the honour of being selected as host city in Durban next year.
“We believe that a Winter Games in PyeongChang will help promote the positive messages of peace and understanding which are at the heart of the Olympic movement, all across our region”.
The host city for the 2018 Winter Games will be selected in July by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Durban, South Africa. Munich and Annecy are also bidding for the 2018 Games.
Meanwhile athletes from North and South Korea have reportedly refused to talk about the political tensions while competing at the Asian Games. The Associated Press reports there have been no signs of animosity at the games, and both teams plan to remain in the Athletes’ Village until the Closing Ceremonies on Saturday.