August 11, 2017 11:18
The International Olympic Committee is "monitoring the situation on the Korean Peninsula and the region very closely" amid mounting tensions caused by nuclear threat from North Korea, reports said Thursday.
If the crisis escalates, it could be fatal for the coming winter's Pyeongchang Olympics.
"The IOC is keeping itself informed about the developments," the IOC said in a statement. "We continue working with the Organizing Committee on the preparations of these games, which continue to be on track."
The statement aimed at dispelling fears that the games, which are only 180 days away, could be canceled. The Olympic venues in Pyeongchang and Gangneung are only about 100 km from the demilitarized zone.
"The proximity of many of the mountain venues, an hour away from the demilitarized zone, could force the U.S. State Department, along with the Australian and British governments, to beef up already tight security for the Olympic athletes, or as a last resort, recommend that athletes do not attend," The Australian wrote.
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