Culture Minister: No Country Considering Opting out of PyeongChang Olympics


"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".

Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, has selected Leyard to provide fine pitch LED video walls for its production of the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will take place in PyeongChang, South Korea, from February 9-25, 2018.

South Korea's Unification Ministry have called for North Korea to participate at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics in an effort to foster peace.

The resolution calls for the Olympic Truce to be respected from seven days before the start of the Olympic Games in February 2018 until seven days after the Paralympic Games. "I strongly believe this is the spirit of the Olympic Games, and it represents the potential and the power of sport". "At the same time, we do know that this may be a very last-minute decision by North Korea", said South Korean Sports Minister Do Jong-hwan at an Olympics preview event in NY. However, in 2000 and 2004 North and South Korea jointly marched into the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games.

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The Pyeongchang Games will take place just 80km from South Korea's heavily fortified border with its estranged neighbour to the north.

It was claimed last month that North Korea had expressed their intention to compete at the Winter Paralympic Games, which would require them to be given wildcard entries.

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach told the 193-member world body that with the resolution the General Assembly is "creating the conditions for all athletes to compete in peace".

"We welcome the North's participation in the Pyeongchang Olympic Games at any time in anticipation of North Korea's response to the peace on the Korean Peninsula and the peaceful development of Northeast Asia and the world. For them to participate is a sign that we'll have safe and secure and good Games", Do Jong-hwan, South Korea's minister of culture, sports and tourism, said at an event organised by the New York-based Korea Society. "In terms of other sports, we are aware that there are North Korean athletes training for cross country (skiing) as well as other ice skating categories", Do said.