POSTED: September 5th 2013

PyeongChang will not split hosting duties with North Korean ski resort

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Though North Korean International Olympic Committee Member Chang Ung was quoted on Voice of America earlier this week as saying the North’s Masik ski resort could hold Olympic events, PyeongChang 2018 organisers have said it would be “impossible” to split Olympic Skiing events, according to the Korea Herald.

Officials also commented the Olympic Games could only be held in the host city under Rule 34 under Chapter 5 of the IOC’s Olympic Charter: “All sports competition must take place in the host city of the Olympic Games, unless the IOC Executive Board authorises the organisation of certain events in other cities, sites or venues situated in the same country.”

Chang previously said it would be a complicated matter depending on discussions with the IOC and the International Ski Federation.

The Olympic Charter states certain events may be held in a bordering country “on an exceptional basis” when certain circumstances might make it impossible to be held in the host city. PyeongChang 2018 does not expect there to be any reason why the ski resort town 180 kilometres east of Seoul would be unable to host skiing events.

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