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North Korea boycotted 1988 because it was still officially at war with the South. Since then, we've seen united teams, but also ongoing discord. Will NK likely stay out of the PyeongChang games this time, too?

Even more worrying...what if they try some nasty provocation like the shelling of those South Korean islands last year?

Did these come up for discussion during the bid process?

(On a trivia note, Albania, Cuba, Madagascar and the Seychelles boycotted 1988 as NK allies...something tells me these - except maybe Albania - won't be an issue for a WOG even if they do, somehow, feel like supporting the North again)

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Doesn't matter if they did anyway. This is the Winter Olympics & combined, they would a total of what, 25 atheletes at the most. Trivial in the much bigger picture of the real Winter sports powers that would be there, regardless.

And I seriously doubt that North Korea would be so stupid as to try something during the Games. Unless they would want the U.S., China & the E.U. on top of them in an instant like white on rice. I think there should be more security concern with Sochi then there should be with PyeongChang.

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i don't think anybody will know the answer to this until near the 2018 date... As we all know, the North Korean government likes to pout a lot... lol

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Don't know if North will boycott, but this yesterday's picture from the South, is not a thing I want to be linked with the games...

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I think North Korea officially boycotted the 1988 Seoul Games because it wanted to be co-hosts with Pyongyang. It even started to build venues for the event but the IOC refused, as it maintains that 1 city host policy and of course the numerous logistic hurdles of having two different nations hosting.

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You seem to be partly right, at least according to Wikipedia. After the IOC had headed off a general Eastern Bloc boycott, NK made further demands...only a couple years before the games. It looks like the IOC was even prepared to give them some events to host, but they weren't satisfied...

Another point of conflict was the involvement of North Korea in hosting the Games, something encouraged by the Cuban president Fidel Castro Ruz who called for North Korea to be considered joint host of the Games. As a result, on 8 and 9 January 1986 in Lausanne, Switzerland, the IOC President chaired a meeting of the North and South Korean Olympic Committees. North Korea demanded that eleven of the 23 Olympic sports be carried out on its territory, and also demanded special opening and closing ceremonies. There should be a joint organizing committee and a united team. The negotiations were continued into another meeting, but were not successful. The IOC did not meet the demands of North Korea and only about half of the desired sporting events were offered to the North. So the focus thereafter was solely on Seoul and South Korea.

Of course there is nothing preventing NK from trying to pull this again and demanding some winter events north of the DMZ as well as "joint host" status...

Couldn't help but add this bit of trivia from the same article...

Despite these developments, behind the scenes, the IOC did consider relocating the Games and explored the suitability of Munich as an alternative.

Uncanny!

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It should be noted that North Korea competed in the 2002 Asian Games held in Busan. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2002_Asian_Games

Should they attend the 2011 IAAF Athletics Championships in Daegu in August, then it would further support the idea of them attending 2018.

But of course, times change and who knows what demands North Korea would make with regards to 2018. If anything, this would just be the loss of North Korea competing anyways as other supposed boycotts would come most likely from nations that don't even compete in the Winter Olympics or would fail to qualify.

Of course there is nothing preventing NK from trying to pull this again and demanding some winter events north of the DMZ as well as "joint host" status...

Couldn't help but add this bit of trivia from the same article...

Uncanny!

What alternative? It would have and indeed just meant the boycott of North Korea and a couple of others, nothing drastic nor dramatic and certainly no risk to security as it was beefed up during those games to prevent any incident that would have potentially caused as a directive from North Korea.

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North Korea boycotted 1988 because it was still officially at war with the South. Since then, we've seen united teams, but also ongoing discord. Will NK likely stay out of the PyeongChang games this time, too?

Even more worrying...what if they try some nasty provocation like the shelling of those South Korean islands last year?

Did these come up for discussion during the bid process?

(On a trivia note, Albania, Cuba, Madagascar and the Seychelles boycotted 1988 as NK allies...something tells me these - except maybe Albania - won't be an issue for a WOG even if they do, somehow, feel like supporting the North again)

Albania has sent one athlete in total to two winter Olympics (both times an alpine skiier Erjon Tola) Madagascar has competed once (2006) and was scheduled to compete in Vancouver in 2010 but the athlete was arrested.

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Don't know if North will boycott, but this yesterday's picture from the South, is not a thing I want to be linked with the games...

325-CfbAL.St.55.jpg

The South has mandatory military service, it's not unusual to see ordinary college boys wearing their uniforms in public.

What if it was conscripted Swiss boys in uniforms celebrating? What if it was American soldiers in Afghanistan?

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What alternative? It would have and indeed just meant the boycott of North Korea and a couple of others, nothing drastic nor dramatic and certainly no risk to security as it was beefed up during those games to prevent any incident that would have potentially caused as a directive from North Korea.

I think the Munich option was really only contemplated when the IOC was worried about a repeat of LA '84. Another broad, Eastern Bloc boycott looked like a possibility at the outset.

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The South has mandatory military service, it's not unusual to see ordinary college boys wearing their uniforms in public.

What if it was conscripted Swiss boys in uniforms celebrating? What if it was American soldiers in Afghanistan?

It's amazing & hysterical how some people (from losing bids) just like to embellish, isn't it.

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Olympics: N. Korea 'wants to share 2018 Games'

SEOUL: North Korea would like to share some events in the 2018 Winter Olympics with South Korea, a senior North Korean sports official was quoted as saying Wednesday.

Jang Ung, a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), said it was "positive" for Asia to host only its third Winter Games, the South's Yonhap news agency reported from Tokyo

Asked about the possibility of sharing some events with host town Pyeongchang, Jang replied, "I hope so."

"The political and military situations between the Koreas aren't good and they have to be improved," Jang was quoted as saying. "Otherwise, they could influence the Olympics."

Jang was visiting the Japanese capital for the general assembly of the Olympic Council of Asia.

Pyeongchang, making its third bid for the Winter Olympics, secured the right to host the 2018 event in an IOC vote last week.

The South's ruling and opposition parties have agreed to try to have North and South Korea field a unified team and train players jointly.

But Sohn Hak-Kyu, leader of the main opposition Democratic Party, went further Monday and said he would explore ways for them to co-host the event.

He said the Games should become "a turning point in the history of the divided Korean peninsula, as well as in global peace".

The North in 2007 publicly backed Pyeongchang's bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics, and athletes from the two nations marched together at the Summer Games in Sydney in 2000 and Athens in 2004.

But relations have worsened sharply in recent years and there was no joint march in Beijing in 2008 or at the Asian Games in China last year.

An opinion poll released Monday showed 57.5 percent of South Koreans support a unified team while 30.5 percent are opposed. But 73.3 percent rejected the idea of co-hosting the event.

The Korea Times said any co-hosting plan was premature and would need IOC approval. It recalled attacks by the North apparently aimed at disrupting two previous international sports events in the South.

In November 1987, the North's agents blew up a Korean Air plane in mid-air in an apparent attempt to dissuade people from attending the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

And a naval battle between the two sides broke out during the South's co-hosting with Japan of the football World Cup in 2002.

AFP

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_sports/view/1140577/1/.html

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Olympics: N. Korea 'wants to share 2018 Games'

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_sports/view/1140577/1/.html

Impossible,

Co-host is just politicians bullshit for use to the national assembly and the presidential election next year in South Korea.

And, North Korea will not boycott, had participated in the 2002 Asian Games and 2003 Universiade held in South Korea.

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Who cares if they do or they don't? Who even gives a freaking rip about those deluded freaks in North Korea? I mean, **** them, what idiot assholes. Share the Games, HA! Fucking insane idiot retards.

The government of North Korea are a bunch of psychopaths.

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Impossible,

Co-host is just politicians bullshit for use to the national assembly and the presidential election next year in South Korea.

And, North Korea will not boycott, had participated in the 2002 Asian Games and 2003 Universiade held in South Korea.

And, Chang-ung did't say so.

Just South Korea reporter asked Chang about the South Korea's political bullshit.

Just South Korea's politicians are saying about the Co-host. Not North Korea.

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Never gonna happen. It's just some good ol' fashioned posturing by the opposition party.

You want to take part in hosting 2018? Sure, just give up your government and re-unite with the South under the South's terms.

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The South has mandatory military service, it's not unusual to see ordinary college boys wearing their uniforms in public.

What if it was conscripted Swiss boys in uniforms celebrating? What if it was American soldiers in Afghanistan?

I think that Korean men can be exempt if they win a gold medal in sports. South Korea won the Asian Games in baseball, and therefore, Sin Su Choo was exempt from military service and was allowed to continue to play Major League Baseball.

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I think that Korean men can be exempt if they win a gold medal in sports. South Korea won the Asian Games in baseball, and therefore, Sin Su Choo was exempt from military service and was allowed to continue to play Major League Baseball.

Yep, any medal in the Olympics or a gold medal in the Asian Games will get you exempt from military duty. It also used to be that the national football/soccer team would be exempt if they made the 2nd round of the World Cup, but I don't think that's the case anymore. So the 2002 team was exempt, but not the 2010 team (as far as I know).

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The Korea Times said any co-hosting plan was premature and would need IOC approval. It recalled attacks by the North apparently aimed at disrupting two previous international sports events in the South.

In November 1987, the North's agents blew up a Korean Air plane in mid-air in an apparent attempt to dissuade people from attending the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

And a naval battle between the two sides broke out during the South's co-hosting with Japan of the football World Cup in 2002.

This is horrifying.

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