Winter Olympics: North Korea crisis no threat so far to Pyeongchang 2018

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo poses with Paris 2014 Bid Co Chair Tony Estanguet during a press conference in Lima

The organizing Committee of the winter Games planned in this south Korean city located 80 km from the border with the North, repeated on Monday it has " no plan B ". The International Olympic Committee will officially name the host cities Wednesday.

Bach will be joined by IOC Director General Christophe De Kepper, IOC Executive Director for the Olympic Games Christophe Dubi and senior leaders of the IOC Administration on a two-day visit to Los Angeles.

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach will visit LA at the end of the week, four days after the International Olympic Committee session in Lima ratifies the decisions for 2024 and 2028 on Wednesday.

"I think the closer we get to the Games, when 2020 [in Tokyo] arrives I think that'll be an exciting time for everyone, getting into the Olympic spirit, supporting the USA team but also knowing the Games are coming here in eight years time".

On the red carpet leading up to the ceremony, the LA 2028 bid team who are expected get their bid rubber-stamped to host the Games during Wednesday's Session seemed relaxed but excited with anticipation.




"It's like Christmas eve, we're excited to go open the presents tomorrow and then get off and enjoy them for the next 11 years".

"We know how volatile this situation continues to be. I think it's more of a presentation to tell everyone about what we want and hope for the Olympic and Paralympic Games when they come to our city".

"I don't see this right now because there is a clear committment", Bach said.

"We believe in it, it's just we are waiting for the signature and - yeah, we're excited, really".

"The almost 50 landmarks and buildings glowing in LA 2028 colours show how excited our city and our country are to bring the Games back and underscore the spectacular setting that Los Angeles offers for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2028", said LA 2028 CEO Gene Sykes. However, former Olympic hosts Atlanta and Salk Lake City were not included in the celebration. "No law is so flawless that it can not be broken", Bach said.

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