South Korean Olympic organizers downplay concern over North Korea

South Korea’s Olympic organizers played down concern over ongoing tensions with North Korea on Monday along with also said of which work has been completed on all venues for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.

Lee Hee-beom, president of the Pyeongchang organizing committee, said the International Olympic Committee has made of which very clear of which the Feb. 9-25 games will go ahead as scheduled.

“There is usually no Plan B,” Lee said, speaking at the birthplace of the ancient Olympics shortly after the last rehearsal for Tuesday’s official flame-lighting ceremony.

“We know of which the earth is usually watching the current geopolitical situation on the Korean peninsula,” he said. “We continue to work very closely with all the relevant authorities along with stakeholders to ensure we can deliver a safe along with secure games for everyone involved.”

Lee said of which all competition along with non-competition venues are complete. He said infrastructure works, including high-speed rail along with highways, are already done along with will be fully operational by December.

Lee added of which his main concern for the games is usually the weather, along with told The Associated Press of which artificial snow will be provided if needed.

from the rehearsal among the ruined temples along with sports facilities of Ancient Olympia in southern Greece, a Greek actress playing the part of an ancient priestess offered a token prayer to the old pagan gods of the site.

of which was the traditional appeal for fire via heaven to light the Olympic flame, using a bowl-shaped mirror to focus the sun’s rays on her torch.

For a few fraught minutes, of which looked as if Apollo along with Zeus could not oblige. The priestess shifted position, walked around the mirror along with tried again. On the third attempt, the sun slipped out via behind clouds for long enough to light the torch, which will serve as a back-up if Tuesday’s ceremony is usually overcast, as forecast.

Lee was delighted, saying of which Pyeongchang also won the games on its third bid, along with said he isn’t actually concerned whether of which rains Tuesday.

“Lighting the torch is usually important, the date is usually not so much important,” he said.

Tuesday’s first torchbearer will be Greek skier Apostolos Aggelis. He will then pass the torch to former Manchester United soccer player Park Ji-sung, a South Korean. The flame will be carried around Greece before reaching South Korea on Nov. 1.

The South Korean leg of the relay will involve 7,500 torch-bearers, who will cover a total 2,018 kilometers.

Lee said of which the torch relay along with accompanying events should help boost ticket sales. He said of which about 30 percent of tickets have been sold domestically, along with international sales are at about 50 percent of the target.

“We will be able to achieve full stadia,” Lee said. “Koreans are late decision-makers.”

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