Thomas Bach downplayed security fears to 2018 Olympics

Vastavam web:  International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach downplayed security fears surrounding the 2018 Winter Olympics yesterday following the recent escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula.Bach told reporters in Lima he was confident there would be no threat to the Games, which take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, from February 9-25.Pyeongchang is 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the border with North Korea, which has stoked anxiety with a recent nuclear test and a string of missile launches.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.
“We hope that these discussions to which we contribute will be successful so that a resolution can be approved,” Bach said.The IOC was also offering support to ensure the participation of athletes from North Korea, Bach added.Bach said meanwhile that he was unaware of any nervousness on the part of other nations about sending there athletes to South Korea.Last week, Swiss IOC official Gian-Franco Kasper said he feared some teams might not participate in South Korea out of security fears.Bach’s comments followed a presentation to the IOC Executive Board earlier Monday by Pyeongchang chiefs.
Lee Hee-Beom, the president of the 2018 Winter Games organising committee, later said he was confident of delivering “perfect security” for the Games, admitting no contingency plans had been drawn up.”We will have a perfect security and safety Olympic Games.” Lee, like Bach, also anticipated that North Korean athletes will venture across the border to participate.