Chill­ing thought: S. Korea ’18 Olympics

New York Post - - NEWS - Johnny Oleksin­ski, Wires

All the world’s eyes are on the Korean Penin­sula, but not only be­cause of Kim Jong-un’s con­tro­ver­sial nu­clear mis­sile tests — South Korea is set to host the Win­ter Olympics in Fe­bru­ary.

Sched­uled for Feb. 8-25, the games are planned to take place in Pyeongchang, a re­gion of 44,000 peo­ple just 50 miles from the North Korean bor­der.

When asked if the host na­tion would be safe for the event, North Korea’s In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee mem­ber Ung Chang said, “No­body knows.”

That uncer­tainty is re­flected in the slug­gish ticket sales. The IOC aims to sell 750,000 seats to South Kore­ans, ac­cord­ing to The Guardian.

So far, just 52,000 seats have been sold in the coun­try, or 7 per­cent of the goal.

The pres­i­dent of the IOC, Thomas Bach, has said that he re­mains con­fi­dent the Win­ter Olympics will still go on as planned.

But Bach, who will visit the UN next week, re­fuses to let his or­ga­ni­za­tion play any kind of role in the area’s pre­car­i­ous po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion.

“We will care­fully ob­serve,” Bach said. “We are not get­ting in­volved in this.”

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