Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Xtra | Xtra

Thomas Bach © Gallo Images

‘There is no plan B for Pyeongchang Games’

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 on Tuesday.

The run-up to the first winter Games in Asia outside Japan has been overshadowed by the diplomatic crisis and the United Nations Security Council unanimously stepped up sanctions on Monday against the country over North Korea's sixth and most powerful nuclear test conducted on September 3.

Bach said any scenario other than holding the Games in Pyeongchang in February next year would be undermining diplomatic efforts for a peaceful solution.

"Speaking now about different scenarios for the Olympic winter Games would send the wrong message," he told at the opening of the IOC session in the Peruvian capital.

"It would be a message against our own belief in peace and diplomacy. It would undermine the efforts of those who are working towards a diplomatic solution so that peace will prevail on the Korean peninsula."

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

North Korea has warned the United States that it would pay a "due price" for spearheading efforts on U.N. sanctions, which now include a ban on the country's textile exports and capping imports of crude oil.

"We know how volatile this situation continues to be. So we will follow the developments closely and will keep promoting our position," Bach said.

The Pyeongchang Games will run from Feb 9-25.


More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk

Marsha Cox
The end of the pool stage
An 8-2 win over Wales in our final pool game secures our spot in the tournament final. Playing...