International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has downplayed security fears surrounding the 2018 Winter Olympics following the recent escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula. Bach told reporters in Peruvian capital Lima on Monday that he was confident there would be no threat to the Games, which take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, from February 9 to 25.
Pyeongchang is 80 kilometers from the border with North Korea, which has stoked anxiety with a recent nuclear test and a string of missile launches.
Bach said, the IOC had been in contact with the governments on the peninsula and no doubt was being raised about the Olympic winter games in 2018. He said that the wording of an Olympic truce to be put before the United Nations in November – a common tradition ahead of each Olympics – was currently being discussed.