South Korea To Seek Ways To Expand IOC Membership


The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held from 9 to 25 February in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Organizers will supply each athlete's residence with condoms.

Although other countries have also put up their flags, North Korea's was described to be the largest.

But the best athletes earn much more money from endorsement deals.

The hosts made a statement, confirming that "baskets with condoms will be placed at both men's and women's toilets at athletes villages in Pyeongchang and Gangneung, the main press centre, the media village as well as medical centres".

North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong Ho is warning the United States that its deployment of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and planned military exercises immediately after the Winter Olympics threatens improving relations between the two Koreas.

"They live every single day to the fullest", Special Olympics Texas interim president and CEO Suzanne Anderson said.

More than 2,400 athletes and coaches will be based in the coastal cluster. The South also announced that the two countries will walk together at the opening ceremony under a unified flag.

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Cha, a veteran Korea expert, denounced the idea in public last month, saying such a move would invite a full-blown war on the Korean Peninsula, putting the whole South Korean population in danger.

There are 115 members on the IOC, and candidates may be an individual member, an active athlete, a representative of an global sports federation or a representative from a national Olympic body.

Athletes are already living in the Villages, with the first arriving last week.

Lee said she was in the audience when Trump spoke previous year in front of South Korea's National Assembly, and told Trump she "wanted to shout with joy" because she was so moved.

A hair salon, post office, bank and convenience store are among the facilities included, along with a fitness centre and religion centre.

110,000 condoms will be distributed across the 2018 Winter Olympic grounds.