PYEONGCHANG (AFP) – Olympics chief Thomas Bach dismissed concerns that North Korea has tried to “hijack” the Winter Games for political purposes, as officials revealed yesterday he will visit the isolated country after the tournament in South Korea.
Bach said he regarded North Korea’s participation purely in sporting terms despite the rapid round of diplomacy between the two Koreas during the opening days of the Games.
“This is about sport and this the IOC made very clear,” Bach said in an interview. “This is about the role of sport to build bridges, to open doors and nothing more.
“It’s just a symbol for sport and it’s a symbol for the fact that when you go over these bridges you can come to a positive result.”