Austria, Germany backs France over boycotting Winter Olympics in South Korea

"Obviously we are in the middle of some global tensions which aren't for National Olympic Committees to resolve", he adds.

At a news conference Tuesday, LA 2028 chairman Casey Wasserman said his team would be supportive of a bid to bring the Winter Games to the United States.

South Korean soprano Jo Su-mi performs during an event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY on Wednesday to promote the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. "So in consultation with them, we'll decide what want do vis-a-vis the possibility of a winter bid but we'd very much would like to have the Winter Games back in the United States".

North and South Korea remain technically at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended with a truce and not a peace treaty. "I am quite sure that politics is one thing and the Olympics is another thing", Chang said in an interview with the Olympic Channel this month.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday the country is pushing to ensure security at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) have contacted all 205 National Olympic Committees asking them to "coordinate any media enquiries and responses" about the situation in North Korea with them.

The Chinese Olympic Committee said it had no immediate comment.

No athletes from North Korea had qualified so far, Chang said.

"The safety of our entire Canadian Olympic Team is always our main priority, no matter where the Games are held", the COC said in a statement emailed to Reuters. We are getting the same briefings other Americans are getting who are travelling to South Korea.

Seoul's Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Roh Tae-gang asked about the veracity of the report when he met with the French minister in Paris on Friday, and officially confirmed that France remains unchanged in its decision to participate in the PyeongChang Olympics and the Paralympics. "We are completely focused on going".

The chief of the International Ski Federation, Gian-Franco Kasper, dismissed any fears among athletes, saying the Pyeongchang Olympics would be the "safest in the world".

The IOC has said it is not contemplating any "Plan B" for the Games.

"There is not even a hint that there is a threat for the security of the games in the context of the tensions between North Korea and some other countries", Bach said last week.

  • Eleanor Harrison