PyeongChang 2018 calls on sport to ease tensions after Korean skirmishes
LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications
GENEVA, Nov 24: The PyeongChang bid committee is counting on the influence of sport to further the reconciliation between the two Koreas following yesterday’s military attack by North Korea.
Fire broke out from North Korea on the island of Yeongpyong killing two marines and two civilians and spurring cries of protest for the attack and support for South Korea from the United States, Britain and Japan.
Currently South Korea is working on two key bids for the 2018 winter Olympics and for the 2022 FIFA World Cup which is set to be voted only next week.
The PyeongChang 2018 bid committee issued a statement reinforcing their intention to stage safe Games:
"The PyeongChang 2018 Bid Committee extends heartfelt sympathies to all those who have been affected by the tragic events on Yeonpyeong Island.
“Diplomatic tensions have existed in the Korean peninsula for over 60 years, but throughout this time our country has hosted many successful and safe events, including the 1988 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the 2002 FIFA World Cup, as well as many high profile international meetings and conferences such as the recent G20 Seoul Summit.
"PyeongChang 2018 and the South Korean Government will ensure that the 2018 Winter Games are safe and secure if we have the honour of being selected as Host City in Durban next year.
“We believe that a Winter Games in PyeongChang will help promote the positive messages of peace and understanding, which are at the heart of the Olympic Movement, all across our region."
The Asian Games are taking place in Guangzhou, China and athletes from both North and South Korea have displayed exemplary sportsmanship competing together and staying focused on their sport. They haven’t allowed any of the political tensions to have an influence on their competitions.
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