2024 and 2028 Olympics to be officially awarded to Paris and LA

2024 and 2028 Olympics to be officially awarded to Paris and LA

The International Olympic Committee is not considering any plan B for the Pyeongchang 2018 winter Olympics despite the escalating crisis with North Korea, IOC President Thomas Bach said yesterday.

Earlier this month North Korea launched its biggest nuclear bomb test, prompting global condemnation as U.S. President Donald Trump said "appeasement" would not work.

In response, North Korea warned the United States it would pay a "due price" for leading efforts on United Nations sanctions, which now include a ban on North Korea's textile exports and a cap on its imports of crude oil.

A promotion event of the 2018 olympic games in Pyeongchang, Seoul, on September 5, 2017.

"There is so far 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 reporters.

"We are in contact with Governments and the NOCs (National Olympic Commitees) concerned".

Trump meets Malaysia leader under investigation by his Justice Department
Najib also didn't mention the Justice Department probe into the 1MDB investment fund in Malaysia. Trump has been seeking partners in Asia to help counter Pyongyang amid new provocations.

"It still hopes that athletes from north korea will participate in the Games ", said Lee Hee-beom, referring to the possible qualifications of athletes north Korean speed skating and figure skating.

"We are also keeping the door open for the athletes of the DPRK".

The drama-free conclusion also eliminates the risk of the vote being open to the sort of scandal that has embroiled the ballot for the 2016 Olympics.

"All our sympathy and thoughts are with the victims and the families who have lost relatives in this natural disaster and with those who have lost their homes and livelihoods", Bach said, adding that the International Olympic Committee would monitor the need for additional funding, after the initial assessment was completed. "We offered to the National Olympic committee to support these athletes when needed".

President Thomas Bach and Peruvian counterpart Pedro Pablo Kuczynski each claimed sport can still be a force for good in troubled times during the Opening Ceremony of the 131st IOC Session here.

"In all the conversations we had, the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018 were never put in doubt".

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