French Olympic Committee allays Korea Games fears

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He added that he had been closely involved in the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee's (POCOG) preparations for the Olympics and Paralympics.

Tensions in the region have escalated since North Korea conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test on 3 September prompting global condemnation. "So in consultation with them, we'll decide what want do vis-a-vis the possibility of a winter bid but we'd very much would like to have the Winter Games back in the United States".

"If this gets worse and we do not have our security assured, then our French team will stay here", sports minister Laura Flessel said last week.

But she added: "We're not there yet".

It's a position meeting more resistance inside the U.S. Olympic team itself, with a number of athletes and sports leaders calling for the Russians to be ousted from next year's games.

The Games, scheduled for February 9-25, will take place just 80 km (50 miles) from the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, the world's most heavily armed border. The two countries remain technically at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended with a truce and not a peace treaty.

"Athletes' safety and security are of course a primary concern for the IOC". Although North Korea has been bustling with activity in recent months, International Olympic Committee member Thomas Bach has not acknowledged any real threat.

"We will continue to prepare in the same way as with other worldwide competitions that we take part in", a spokeswoman for the committee said.

"So our intent is always to be a good partner to both the United States Olympic Committee and those American athletes".

"I know some people are anxious about North Korea, but they're not saying they won't take part in the Olympics", Lee said.

The Chinese Olympic Committee said it had no immediate comment. While no North Korean athletes have yet qualified for PyeongChang, South Korea has repeatedly said the doors are open for the North. We are getting the same briefings other Americans are getting who are travelling to South Korea.

Russian Federation said security was each host country's responsibility and China's foreign ministry said it was not aware of any plans for the its Olympic team to not attend. "We are completely focused on going".

The IOC has said it is not contemplating any "Plan B" for the Games.

"Each set of Games has unique challenges, and we had different challenges in London than we had in Sochi and in Rio", Blackmun says on the latest edition of ATRadio from the Team USA Media Summit in Park City, Utah.



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