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Putin orders sports competition for banned Russian Olympic athletes

01 February 2018, 12:53 | Shelley Chandler

Putin orders sports competition for banned Russian Olympic athletes

Marie-Philip Poulin was in love with hockey from moment one

The Unification Ministry sent a statement to the North in response, saying all events agreed upon for success of the Pyeongchang Olympics should be held without fail.

The U.S. State Department voiced displeasure on Wednesday over North Korean plans to stage a military parade on the eve of the Winter Olympics, but it assured Americans going to the games that South Korea's security plan considered all contingencies.

Yet on Monday, the North suddenly canceled a joint "cultural event" with South Korea, about "biased" and "insulting" coverage from South Korean media, mainly aimed at concern over the North's military parade.

"Discovery has set out to transform the Olympic Winter Games viewing experience, so being able to offer viewers across Europe every minute of the Games and now every angle of some of the biggest events in live VR goes a long way to delivering this promise", said Ralph Rivera, managing director of Eurosport Digital.

President Thomas Bach, who arrived in South Korea today, Lee Hee-bum, who heads the organizing committee, said ticket sales for the PyeongChang Olympics have reached 74 percent of the sales target of 1.06 million.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) responded to the leak by withdrawing permission for Reuters photographers and reporters to attend the February 9 opening ceremony. South Korea held discussions with the United States until the last minute to ensure the trip wouldn't violate USA sanctions against the North. South Korean officials have said the North plans a massive military parade on the anniversary. North Korean maneuvers, which typically run from December through March, were slow in getting started and are less extensive than usual, the people said.

"In this situation, where North and South Korea have taken their first step towards improving relations, agreements should be upheld out of mutual respect and understanding", the ministry said.

Seoul and Washington are believed to have agreed the chartered Asiana Airlines plane transporting the Korean athletes won't be subject to USA sanctions, News 1 reported. A dozen North Korean hockey players have been training since last week with their South Korean teammates led by Canadian coach Sarah Murray.

The Koreas' current reconciliation mood followed a year of heightened animosities over North Korea's nuclear program. "But for us, how we compete will say everything".

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